In Focus: Arsenal youngster heading for Barcelona

According to El Confidencial, Arsenal teenager Marcus McGuane is on the verge of leaving the Emirates Stadium to join Barcelona.

What’s the story?

McGuane joined Arsenal at the age of five, and the now 18-year-old has previously captained Arsenal’s Under-18 team.

Scottish giants Rangers have previously been credited with an interest in the midfielder, but according to El Confidencial, Barcelona have enticed the young Englishman to Spain.

The report claims that McGuane will join Barcelona’s B team for the remainder of the season, with the view to potentially progressing into the senior side.

Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is believed to have given up hope of keeping McGuane after the teenager expressed an interest to continue his development in Spain.

How close is McGuane to the Arsenal first team?

The Greenwich-born midfielder made his first-team debut for Arsenal in the Europa League earlier this season. Indeed, he appeared off the bench in the club’s 4-2 win over BATE Borisov towards the end of September.

Having captained Arsenal’s Under-18 team and featured regularly for the Under-23s, there is no question that McGuane is highly-rated at the Emirates Stadium.

The 18-year-old has actually scored twice in nine matches for Arsenal’s Under-23 team this season, but his contract will expire this summer, and it seems that he has rejected an extension in favour of a move to Barcelona.

The news will come as a bitter blow to the Arsenal fans that have watched McGuane develop over the last 13 years, but when Barcelona come calling, there is usually only one outcome.

McGuane could well be lining up alongside the likes of Lionel Messi and Luis Suarez in a couple of years time.

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