Arsenal & Manchester United target open to Barcelona exit

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Barcelona starlet Toni Sanabria is closer to leaving the club than staying, admits the player's representative.

The 17-year-old's future at the Nou Camp has been doubt for some time as Arsenal and Manchester United have been linked with a bid for the player.

As he is under the age of 18, Spanish rules prevent Barcelona from offering the player a professional contract - something that the Premier League elite can and have taken advantage of.

Arsenal famously snapped up Cesc Fabregas from the famed La Masia academy and have recently taken Fran Merida, Jon Toral and Hector Bellerin in the recent past as well.

Manchester United brought Gerard Pique to Old Trafford as well but did not settle under Sir Alex Ferguson and eventually moved back to the Nou Camp.

Fabregas also rejoined his boyhood club after becoming Arsenal's captain.

Sanabria has already been capped by Paraguay but is yet to make his debut for Barcelona and is currently residing in the reserves and is not getting the opportunities he wants.

Catalan newspaper Sport reported earlier this week that Gerardo Martino had entered talks with the player in an attempt to keep him at the Nou Camp but his agent admits that he is closer to leave than staying.

He told Radio 95.5fm: "Toni is closer to leaving than to staying, although in football you can't say anything until it's signed."

Liverpool are also thought to be keeping tabs on the player as they look to continue their youthful recruitment drive after Brendan Rodgers brought Sergi Canos to Anfield, poaching him from Barcelona in similar fashion to that of Arsenal and United.

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