Revealed - Why striker is desperate to join Arsenal

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Antonio Sanabria reason for wanting out at Barcelona appears clear.

Paraguayan strike sensation Antonio Sanabria remains poised to join Arsenal, with his agent shedding light on the deal over the weekend.

His agent Raul Verdu told The Mirror: "His agent Raul Verdu said: “Our contacts with Arsenal are advanced and I expect a solution in the next week.”

A compensation fee in the region of €3 million is expected, with the Gunners ready to get their hands on one of the world's most highly rated young strikers.

Sanabria made his full international debut for Paraguay earlier this season - now having three caps, but wants out of Barcelona.

So why would a young player with the world at his feet want to leave arguably the world's greatest club?

It isn't all about a lack of first team chances, Sanabria has never played a minute competitively for the La Liga side, it's also about money.

Sunday Times journalist Duncan Castles has revealed Sanabria earns just €18,000 at Barcelona... a year.

Sanabria does have 'generous appearance bonuses' in that contract writes Castles, but the striker is unlikely to have triggered any of these as he hasn't yet played for the first team - adding to his frustration.

Compare this with Chelsea teenager Ruben Loftus-Cheek being set to earn staggering £1.7 million before he turns 20 - and it's easy to see why the South American's eye has been turned by the Premier League.

Barcelona have left Sanabria's contract until too late, Arsenal were originally linked with him back in the summer, and they should have acted then to avoid losing him.

Now it appears the teenager who has four goals in three UEFA Youth League games is North London bound, all because they didn't value him accordingly.

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