The striker deal Arsenal could complete next week

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Arsenal could tie up the signing of Antonio Sanabria next week, if the striker makes up his mind.

Spanish sources expect Barcelona striker Antonio Sanabria to announce his future next week.

In one of the most drawn out sagas of the past two months, the Paraguayan teenager is expected to declare his future.

The 17-year-old is widely reported to have snubbed the chance to sign a new contract with Barcelona, although a U-turn is still not impossible.

Arsenal and Roma are the two clubs leading the race to sign the striker, who has already won senior international caps.

He has a release clause of around €3 million in his contract, and earns €18,000 a year at Barcelona, a figure he would likely make in a matter of days at whichever club seals his signature.

While news on the deal has gone quiet over the festive break, Spanish newspaper Sport reported today that an announcement is expected in a matter of days.

"At times it seemed that the decision was imminent, but it has been delayed. But now every indication that yes, there will be news. If there are no last minute surprises, it should be this week when the player Paraguayan states his future. And he is aware that the situation is not good to continue extending longer... the issue is (to be) closed in the coming days.

"Unfortunately for many Barca, from the first moment it seemed the least likely option is to stay in Barcelona, ​​while Arsenal and Roma always appeared to be the best positioned to take over his services."

Sanabria would follow in the footsteps if several former youngsters in leaving Barcelona for Arsenal, famously Cesc Fabregas, and most recently Julio Plezeguelo last summer.

The Mirror reported 10 days ago that Roma may have edged ahead in the race for his signature, but the basis of this was only that they had stepped up their efforts to convince the player, rather than from indications from the striker's camp.

In early December, Sanabria agent Raul Verdu stated: "Our contacts with Arsenal are advanced and I expect a solution in the next week."

It could be that this next week, the first in January, is actually the one where it all gets sorted out. For all concerned it is better to resolve the player's future one way or another.

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