Arsenal’s pursuit of Barcelona youngster Antonio Sanabria looks to have ended in failure with the player confirming he’ll be signing for AS Roma.
The 17-year-old striker, who has already scored twice for Barcelona’s B team and has three full international caps for Paraguay under his belt, revealed that the Serie A side had laid down cash for him even though he won’t be able to play for them until next season.
Speaking to Radio Monumental [translation by Inside Futbol] the teenager revealed: “They [Roma] have already deposited the money needed with the Spanish federation for the clause at Barcelona.
“I’ll go out on loan to another team in Serie A. The club will give me the options. I cannot play for Roma for six months.”
In early December, Sanabria’s agent, Raul Verdu, was quoted saying: “Our contacts with Arsenal are advanced and I expect a solution in the next week.”
It would appear we didn’t bother picking up the phone.
Arseblog News has no idea if this kid is any good but with more pressing concerns surrounding first team matters (amazing striker/winger please Arsene?) we’re not going to lose any sleep over this. Naturally we felt you’d like to know all the same…
Anyway, good luck to Sanabria, there are many life lessons to be learnt from Gervinho. Probably.