Arsenal set for Fabregas-style swoop for Barcelona youngster?

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Arsenal are reportedly targeting 16 year old Julio Pleguezuelo Selva, who is highly rated at Barcelona's La Masia academy.

10 years ago this summer, Arsenal raided Barcelona’s youth academy for a 16 year old Cesc Fabregas, who came into a side loaded with world class players at their peak under Arsene Wenger.

A decade later, and both Arsenal and Barcelona's position in world football has shifted significantly, but Arsenal still might be able to prise away another emerging talent from the La Masia academy at the end of the season.

16-year-old Julio Pleguezuelo Selva is reportedly a target for Arsene Wenger, with Arsenal hoping to sign the young defender before he is able to commit to a long term contract at Barcelona. The Spanish side are apparently confident they will be able to keep Selva, with a battle for his future set to commence over the coming weeks.

Selva can play either at centre back or at right back, and is reportedly highly rated at Barcelona, although clearly a long way off from making a senior appearance.

Arsenal's prior business with Barcelona might work to their advantage in any pursuit of the youngster, with Cesc Fabregas a prime example of how successfully they can develop young talent at the Emirates.

Selva might also fancy that he has a better chance of breaking into the senior side at Arsenal sooner than at Barcelona, as Wenger is happy to field players he thinks are good enough whatever their age, with Fabregas establishing himself in the side as a 17 year old.

With their NextGen side reaching the semi-finals of this year's tournament, Arsenal's academy is already full of promising players, with Serge Gnabry, Chuba Akpom and Thomas Eisfeld all tipped to have an impact on the first team in the near future.

Adding Julio Pleguezuelo Selva to those names could see a new young spine developing at the club, as Wenger aims to build another great side at the Emirates.

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