Sport Arsenal step up their interest in Barcelona star

13:45  10 april  2018
13:45  10 april  2018 Source:   Read Sport

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Arsenal are stepping up their interest in Barcelona youngster Robert Navarro, according to a report in The Mail.

The 15-year-old has been offered a contract with the Catalan giants, which he could sign when he turns 16, but Arsenal are hoping to poach him away, like they did with Cesc Fabregas in the early 2000’s.

Manchester City were also interested in Navarro but it appears like they have decided not to pursue a deal, meaning the teenager will now have a straight choice between the Gunners or Barcelona.

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Navarro turns 16 on April 12th, so in two days time, he will be able to officially put pen to paper on a professional contract with a club, and the Gunners are hoping that he’ll choose them.

Arsenal close in on deal for Barcelona star

  Arsenal close in on deal for Barcelona star Arsenal are among a number of clubs around the continent who are chasing Barcelona youngster Robert Navarro, as he is set to decide on his future in the coming months, according to SI. He is one of the best players coming through the ranks at the Spanish club and his current club face a struggle to keep him at the club with him close to turning 16. Fellow Premier League club Manchester City are also tracking the player along with a number of fellow European clubs. Arsenal have signed Barca youth players in the past including Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin. City appear to be in the strongest position for this having already tabled a bid for the player in the past. There is no set release clause for the player which means that any side who can convince the player to sign will just need to pay a compensation fee.

Barcelona have made Arsenal star Theo Walcott a January transfer target, according to reports in Spain. And the long-term injury suffered by Rafinha has seen the Barcelona hierarchy step up their interest in the England attacker.

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Whilst Barcelona’s academy is famous for it’s youth development, plenty of current professionals have decided to move on from the Catalan club at a young age and have succeeded elsewhere, so Navarro does have a difficult choice to make.

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Arsenal target aware of interest from Barcelona as he weighs up summer move .
Arsenal will face yet more competition in the race to sign Matthijs de Ligt from Ajax this summer as Barcelona express an interest in a double deal. Reports in Spain from Mundo Deportivo claim that the Catalan giants are interested in a swoop for both de Ligt and his Ajax team-mate Frenkie de Jong. De Ligt is already being touted as a target for some of Europe’s biggest clubs following another impressive season in the Eredivisie. Arsenal, Manchester City and Bayern Munich are all said to be interested and have had scouts watching the player recently. The La Liga leaders are looking to drastically reduce the age in their squad ahead of the new season. The report claims that both players are aware of interest from Barcelona and will now weigh up whether or not the move has come at the right time for them in their respective careers.

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