Arsenal have ramped up their pursuit of Barcelona youngster Robert Navarro after Manchester City cooled their interest, according to the Daily Mail.
City have been working hard on developing a state-of-the-art academy over the last few years in the hope of bringing through some top talent.
The North-West outfit were believed to be closing in on the capture of 15-year-old attacking midfielder Navarro, but the narrative has changed.
The Daily Mail reports that City have eased off and now Arsenal are ready to swoop in and snatch the youngster, who has been offered new terms by Barca.
Navarro will make a decision about whether or not to stay with the Catalan giants later this week when he turns 16.
The Gunners are certainly capable of creating a star from their academy, and they have experience developing youngsters from Barcelona’s youth ranks.
Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin made their way to North London from Barca’s famous ‘La Masia’ academy, and both can be considered success stories.
Navarro is only a young teen, and even though he is widely rated, it does not mean that he is guaranteed to break into the first team in the future.
With the transfer market how it is, there is an argument that it has become easier for clubs to splash out millions on an established star for quick success rather than give youngsters time.