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Arsenal send executives to seal deal for Barcelona striker

Tonny Sanabria: Playing for Paraguay. (©GettyImages)
Tonny Sanabria: Playing for Paraguay. (©GettyImages).

Arsenal's chief negotiator Richard "Dick" Law is preparing to fly to Spain to seal a deal for Barcelona striker Tonny Sanabria, reports Sport.

The Barcelona youngster is expecting to leave the Nou Camp in the near future with AS Roma touted as the most likely destination.

But Arsene Wenger is refusing to give up on signing the Paraguay international and has ordered his dealmaker, Law, to Spain to convince Sanabria on the advantages of playing for the Gunners as well as open talks with Barcelona over a move.

The Spanish daily is reporting that Sanabria visited the Emirates earlier this year but has since had his head turned by interest from the Serie A club.

But Wenger wants the 17-year-old and has demanded that Arsenal executives up their offer to the player.

Although they would be able to sign the player for a paltry fee in the summer, the Gunners may match the player's release clause in order to seal his signature in January.

Arsenal are believed to be in the market for a new striker in January as their first choice Olivier Giroud struggles to cope with the demands of being the only proven striker at the club.

The Frenchman was rested for Wednesday's game against Hull and allowed Nicklas Bendtner to take centre stage.

The Dane is not thought to have a long-term future with the Gunners, however, and Wenger needs a replacement.

If Wenger manages to sign Sanabria, it will not be the first time he has dipped his hands in to the talent pool of La Masia.

Cesc Fabregas, Fran Merida, Hector Bellerin and Jon Toral have all been plucked from Barcelona's famed academy in recent years and have experienced varying degrees of success at the Emirates. 

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