Barcelona are keen not to let Arsenal sign Antonio Sanabria.
Much debate is ongoing at Barcelona regarding the future of Paraguayan strike starlet Antonio Sanabria.
The 17-year-old made his debut for his national team earlier this season and is regarded as the most promising forward to emerge from the La Masia academy in recent seasons.
Sanabria was linked with a transfer to Premier League leaders Arsenal over the summer, with the Gunners casting a regular eye over the club’s top young talent, signing 16-year-old Julio Plezeguelo in July.
It can be revealed that the price the Gunners would be able to buy him for is a snip at 3 million.
Spanish journalist Maria Joan Battlle writes for Sport.es, “The point is that the youth system of Barcelona has a very tight salary scale and Sanabria, still youthful, has a buyout clause of three million which makes him easy prey for clubs.
“From there, the club has to make a decision. Tata has done his job and has said that he wants him, but the real work is economic.”
Manager Tata Martino is very taken with the youngster and has brought Sanabria into train with the first team on occasions. This highlights the pressure the Barcelona management find themselves in to sign the teenager down to a new contract.
The paper add: “Sanabria has offers of millions on the table and not been renewed yet for the club even though he is considered by Martino the future of the club. The situation is very complicated.”
The player is already said to be leaning towards an exit:
“At present , the club is waiting for a definitive answer from the player. All painting to be a ‘no’ , but the intervention of Tatas could change things.”
Sanabria’s current deal runs to 2015, but the club are desperate to rid themselves of the buyout clause, especially after losing Thiago Alcantara in the summer.
He has four goals in three UEFA Youth League games so far this season.
Check him out in action below: