Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger wants to sign AS Roma striker Antonio Sanabria as a direct replacement for Yaya Sanogo, who has joined Crystal Palace on loan until the end of the season.
According to reports in Italy - and brought to our attention by the Express - Sanabria has been given permission to join another club having failed to make single appearance for the Serie A outfit so far this season.
The 18-year-old, who was formerly on the books of Barcelona and has been capped three times by the Paraguayan national team, is wanted by La Liga side Deportivo La Coruna but reportedly favours a move to the Premier League.
Arsenal aim to fill Sanogo's place
Arsenal have a free space in their 25-man squad after offloading the raw Sanogo to Palace earlier this month and Wenger has identified the similarly inexperienced but talented Sanabria as an ideal replacement.
The 18-year-old never made a senior appearance for Barcelona, but was a regular for the Catalan giants’ ‘B’ team. He also had a brief spell with Italian outfit Sassuolo prior to his summer move to Roma.
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Sanogo, meanwhile, will attempt to use his spell on loan at Selhurst Park to show Wenger why he still has a future with the Gunners.
Arsenal fans: should Wenger be aiming to sign a better calibre of striker - or is Sanabria a decent replacement for Sanogo? Tell us in the comments below.