Arsenal poised to lose Colombian teen transfer batte with Barcelona
Arsenal transfer news: Giancarlo Poveda set to choose Barcelona
Arsenal are set to lose out to Barcelona in the race to sign 14-year-old Colombian winger Giancarlo Poveda.
The teenage talent was thought to be close to signing for the Gunners after spending a number of weeks with the club’s academy, according to The Daily Mail, but Barca boss Tito Vilanova has stepped-in to take the player across to Spain.
Poveda played for Barcelona’s youth team in a friendly against Jabac on Tuesday, and the La Liga giants are now ‘confident’ the former Puerto Malagueno starlet will commit to the Blaugrana.
Arsene Wenger was also able to lure Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral to the Emirates Stadium last year – two signings that still upset the Nou Camp hierarchy, according to the report.