Antonio Sanabria, who snubbed a move to Arsenal, is bound for Italy as his AS Roma move nears completion.
The 17-year-old was heavily linked with a move to Arsenal in the Autumn, Arsene Wenger keen to add the highly-rated young striker to the Gunners’ ranks.
Growing disillusioned at La Masia with a lack of opportunities at the senior level – even in view of his tender age – the Praguayan has looked to be on his way out of Barcelona for some time.
A fortnight ago the teenager – already having made his full debut for his country – confirmed that he would join Roma ahead of the Gunners.
The deal is still yet to be made official but Catalan source Sport claimed on Monday that the Giallorossi agreed to pay out €4.5m to acquire the youngster’s services.
Sky Sport Italia have further maintained that the Blaugrana starlet will arrive in the Italian capital on a three-and-a-half-year-deal, with his medical to come on Tuesday.
Sanabria took to social media upon his believed departure from Spain ahead of his coming fitness tests, posting a picture of himself – bags packed – wearing Roma colours alongside his father.
As his prospective new employers have already filled their allotted non-EU slots this term, Sanabria won’t be allowed to join his new team-mates at the Stadio Olimpico until June.
It’s widely reported that he’ll be sent to Sassuolo on loan for the remainder of the current campaign.
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