Arsenal face struggle to sign Barcelona striker

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Arsenal face a battle to sign Barcelona starlet Antonio Sanabria, with the Daily Mirror reporting that the Catalan giants are eager to tie him down to a new contract.

17-year-old Sanabria, who has been at the Camp Nou since arriving from his native Paraguay back in 2009, has gained a reputation as a potential future star and is believed to be highly-regarded by members of the Gunners' prolific scouting network.

The North London outfit were linked with a switch for the man often known as 'Tonny' earlier this month, but it appears now that the defending La Liga champions are making moves to ensure that they are able to keep hold of such a promising youngster.

According to those reports, Gerardo Martino's men hope to convince Sanabria to sign a four-year extension to his current deal, which is currently due to expire in 2015.

In addition, the club reportedly hope to insert a hefty buyout clause to ensure that, if they do lose the Paraguay international in the future, they receive adequate financial compensation.

His existing deal features such a clause but it is currently set at a comparatively meagre £2.5 million.

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