Barcelona wonderkid Antonio Sanabria has revealed that Arsenal's long-term pursuit of the South American starlet was eventually all in vain, with Serie A contenders Roma completing a deal which will see the youngster move to the Italian capital this summer.
Sanabria has been persistently linked with the Gunners throughout the last 12 months after growing frustrated at failing to move into first-team consideration at the Camp Nou, with Arsenal thought to be in regular contact with the Paraguayan's representatives.
Arsenal's latest recruitment drive has failed to produce the goods on this occasion though, with the 17-year-old Barca B forward declaring that Roma have agreed terms with the Catalan giants in a switch that will also see him spend the rest of this season on loan with an unnamed Serie A side.
He told Radio Monumental: "I will soon go on loan to a different Serie A team.
“The club will give me some options, as for six months I can’t play at Roma. They have already deposited the necessary funds to the Spanish Federation for the sum Barcelona requested.”
Roma are thought to have forked out €3m but cannot formally complete any agreed deal until June, signing a prospect who already has three Paraguay caps and an outside chance of playing at this summer's World Cup finals despite his tender age.