Arsenal & Chelsea could miss out on Barcelona starlet

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Arsenal and Chelsea look as if they could be about to miss out on a potential deal for Antonio Sanabria.

According to the Daily Mail, it appears as if Serie A title contenders AS Roma - who have started the 2013/14 campaign in excellent form - have moved ahead in the race to sign the Barcelona youngster, with an announcement supposedly imminent that Sanabria is to move to link up with a French coach.

17-year old Sanabria - reportedly valued at around the £3 million mark - is yet to make a first-team appearance at the Camp Nou, but has frequently appeared for Barcelona's 'B' side.

However, recent reports have suggested that the player has requested a move away from the club due to frustrations with a lack of first-team opportunities.

The Paraguay international - who already has three senior international caps to his name at such a tender age - has since become the subject of intense and sustained transfer speculation, with Premier League leaders Arsenal previously thought to be the frontrunners for his signature - with other reports suggesting that Jose Mourinho's Chelsea were preparing to launch a move of their own for Sanabria.

Given Arsenal and specifically Arsene Wenger's excellent track record of developing and maturing scores of gifted young players, the prospect of losing out on bringing Sanabria to the Emirates Stadium will presumably come as somewhat of a blow.

For Chelsea, meanwhile, it is somewhat unclear if they ever truly intended to hijack Arsenal's move for the striker.

While it has become increasingly apparent that they do have a rather urgent need to employ a new striker given the struggles of Demba Ba, Fernando Torres and Samuel Eto'o, they surely require someone with far more experience in the short-term to help them attempt to sustain a genuine title assault.

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