Arsenal might end up triumphing the signing of the January transfer window as they are reported to be signing Barcelona’s highly rated striker Antonio Sanabria. 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.
Spanish newspaper Sport have reported today that an announcement can be expected soon from Barcelona.
“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.”