On the 12th April, Barcelona’s Robert Navarro will turn 16 and will be legally allowed to move to a foreign club without a transfer fee.
Arsenal are the club who are looking most likely to claim the youngster’s signature.
You can watch two of Navarro’s goals in the Barcelona academy here:
Will Robert Navarro move to Arsenal?
Arsenal and Barcelona have traded players like “Match Attax” cards over the past years.
Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin are two examples of players who have moved from La Masia (Barcelona’s prestigious youth academy) to North London in the past whilst the Gunners have sold countless players to Barcelona too.
Navarro has attracted attention from a host of top European clubs including Manchester City but according to the Mirror, Arsenal are in pole position to sign the 15 year old.
After following the careers of Fabregas and Bellerin, Navarro will feel comfortable knowing that players have moved from La Masia in the past and succeeded.
Whilst it is becoming increasingly hard to break into the Barcelona first team from La Masia considering the club are always willing to bring in the best talent from across the globe.
The Barcelona-Arsenal connection
Arsenal let top youth prospect Marcus McGuane leave the club in the last few months to move to the Catalan club.
The 19 year old had impressed at Arsenal over the past few years, even making two appearances for the club in the Europa League this season.
Many players have moved from Arsenal to Barcelona and struggled including Alex Song, Alex Hleb and Emmanuel Petit but not many have failed to impress when moving the other way around.
Alexis Sanchez is yet another player to have moved from the Camp Nou to the Emirates Stadium and it is fair to say that the Chilean succeeded in North London.
Navarro could become a great in North London or he could be the next wonder kid to never fulfil his potential. Only time will tell…