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Today’s Daily Star announces English interest in one of the finest talents in Barcelona’s world famous La Masia academy.
The paper suggests that Arsenal, Liverpool and Manchester City are all trying to poach Barca starlet Toni Sanabria who could depart the Camp Nou for a bargain price.
The 17-year-old is understood to have a £2.5 million release clause in his current deal and Barca are concerned that the youngster could sign a professional contract with a Premier League outfit after he turns 18.
Barca boss Gerardo Martino has already held talks with the teenager in an attempt to get him in Spain but with English clubs flocking, the starlet could be the next Barca prospect to end up in the Premier League.
Arsenal have a rich history snapping up Barca’s young products with Cesc Fabregas the star while Ignasi Miquel, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral all also joined the club from La Masia.
The full Paraguay international has trained with the senior team before but continues to play for Barcelona B in the Spanish Segunda Division, and may feel he is ready for the step up to play at a higher level.
The La Liga champions will now have to work hard to keep Sanabria, who may believe he can follow in the footsteps Cesc, while Liverpool also look a suitable option given Brendan Rodgers’ growing reputation with young players at Anfield
And Barca will also have to compete with Manchester City, who as one punter admits will be able to offer the highest wages to lure the player described as the ‘jewel of the Barcelona academy’ to Manchester.
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