Latest Tottenham transfer target Antonio Sanabria rejected Arsenal in 2014

Antonio Sanabria at Barcelona

Former Arsenal target Antonio Sanabria could be set for Tottenham.

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Tottenham Hotspur are interested in signing Roma strike prospect Antonio Sanabria, with head coach Mauricio Pochettino personally pushing for a deal. The claims stem from Spanish newspaper Sport, also reported by talkSPORT.

Sanabria would be onto a winner right away if he joins Spurs, having publicly snubbed interest from Arsenal earlier in his career.

After making his Paraguay debut at just 17, but sitting behind the likes of Lionel Messi and Neymar at Barcelona, Sanabria quickly realised his first team ambitions would be on hold at the Camp Nou.

Antonio Sanabria at BarcelonaAntonio Sanabria at Barcelona

Arsenal sought him out, hoping to clinch a deal similar to the ones which brought Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin to the club from Barcelona's La Masia academy.

The Mail reported in December 2013 that Arsene Wenger was highly hopeful of a deal for the striker.

Arsenal manager Arsene WengerArsenal manager Arsene Wenger

Yet in early 2014 they were beaten to the punch by Roma, who provided a more tempting offer than the Gunners.

It was a decision Sanabria did not appear to regret, telling GazzettaGiallorossi.it: "The decision to come to Rome? Indeed it was a difficult decision, which took a long time. However I think it was the right one."

His time at the Serie A side though has not exactly been successful from a Roma point of view, making only two senior appearances for the side.

Sporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goalSporting's Antonio Sanabria celebrates next to team mate Carlos Castro after scoring a goal

Last season he was sent on loan to La Liga side Sporting Gijon, where he netted 11 goals in 29 games, not bad for a 20-year-old striker playing for a team who finished 17th in the division, and it was a taste of regular, competitive first team football he badly needed.

He would be an exciting addition for Tottenham if they can close a deal, with Sanabria only scratching the surface of his potential as a player.

The Paraguayan will not be the only striker Spurs need this summer, but he has the capability to develop into a world star, and learning from Harry Kane could help him become one - and rub it into rivals Arsenal that he was so nearly theirs.

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