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Barcelona to lose more youngsters to Premier League

Bellerin signed for Arsenal last summer. (©GettyImages)
Bellerin signed for Arsenal last summer. (©GettyImages).

Barcelona have been left fuming after losing three of their brightest youngsters to Premier League clubs reports the Daily Mirror. 

For many years now English giants have been exploiting a supposed loophole in the transfer laws that allows youngsters from across Europe to move club's for nothing if they have not signed on professional terms.

Such a ruling saw Cesc Fabregas join Arsenal in 2003, a player who the Catalan club then paid over £30 million for to get back eight years later.   

Sergi Canos, Josimar Quintero and Julio Pleguezuelo are the latest in an ever-growing line of young starlets to leave the Nou Camp, and Barca believe the reason for this is that English clubs are afforded an unfair amount of protection by the FA.

Club officials have written an official letter of complaint to the Spanish FA, requesting "support and defence of our rights against English clubs". 

In short, they feel they deserve the same protection from their own governing body that they believe English clubs already command from their own. 

Daily Mirror reports suggest Liverpool are set to sign teenage winger Canos, 15, Chelsea have beaten off interest from Arsenal and Tottenham to sign Spanish under-15 prospect Quintero and Arsenal have won the battle with Tottenham and Manchester City over 16 year-old defender Pleguezuelo. 

The Gunners have a long history of snapping up Barcelona's best youngsters with Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jan Toral all having joined from the famous academy in recent years. 


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