Gunners trial teen defender despite Barca connection

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Arsenal appear to have stolen a march on Barcelona in the shape of 14-year-old right back Guillem Laporta.

It's reported in Spanish publication El Mundo Deportivo that the son of former Barcelona president Joan Laporta has accepted an offer to train with the Gunners at their base in London Colney.

The youngster's mother, divorced from the current MP in the Parliament of Catalonia, recently moved to the capital, with this cited as one of the key points behind the acceptance of the offer from Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger.

With the teenager untied to a club, no money has changed hands in relation to Laporta Jnr, who will be hoping to make an impression during his time with the Arsenal youth teams.


His father is best remembered at the Emirates for taking Thierry Henry and Alex Hleb from north London, and was constantly tracking former Arsenal captain Cesc Fabregas, who ironically moved to Spain after Laporta's reign ended at the Nou Camp.

Arsenal are unlikely to release a statement on the issue despite unprecedented interest in such a young player.

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