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Arsenal are poised to sign Barcelona teenager Joel Lopez.
The 16-year-old left-back has informed Barcelona he will not be signing a professional contract with them and has instead opted to move to London.
Arsenal’s head of recruitment Raul Sanllehi, is believed to have played a key role in the deal.
Sanllehi moved to the Emirates from Barca back at the beginning of the year, and appears to have be keeping eyes on Catalonia in order to bring talent to the Premier League.
Following Lopez’s rejection of a contract with the Spanish giants, Arsenal will now have to pay a compensation fee for the player.
The Gunners have history when it comes to swooping for Barca youngsters, after famously plucking Cesc Fabregas from the club’s academy set-up.
Arsenal have also agreed terms with Paris St Germain’s 17-year-old midfielder Yacine Adli.