Arsenal plan free swoop for Spanish starlet

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Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is ready to make his move for Real Madrid youngster Pablo Sarabia.

After several years of monitoring the 17-year-old winger, Arsenal youth chief Liam Brady has reportedly made contact with the player in a bid to instigate a move.

Sarabia has failed to negotiate a new contract at the Bernabeu, and is free to leave the Spanish capital in the summer.

The News of the World reports that the Gunners are first in line for the Spanish Under 18 international, although Sarabia is yet to make his debut for Los Blancos after breaking into the reserve team.

A product of the club's youth system, Sarabia joined Madrid in 2004. He has represented Spain at U16 and U17 level previously before stepping up to the U18 side, winning a bronze medal with the national side at the FIFA U17 World Cup.

Wenger has been linked with a handful of players in the January transfer window, but with just over a day left it seems unlikely that the Gunners will make any more immediate additions after the arrival of Sol Campbell.

Instead, the Frenchman will wait until the summer, with Sarabia top of the target list at the Emirates. Wenger has a proven track record of taking youngsters from Spain, and will hope this talent can follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida in north London.

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