Catalans keen to keep hold of young striker amid Arsenal interest.
Barcelona are scrambling a bumper new deal together for classy young midfielder Antonio Sanabria in a desperate bid to keep him from joining Arsenal, according to the Daily Mirror.
The Gunners hold a widely known interest in the 17-year-old, as do Manchester City and Italian side Juventus, who will be allowed to leave the Spanish champions if a £2.5m clause in his contract is activated.
Manager Arsene Wenger has been tracking the Paraguayan youth for some time now and has sent his scouts over to Spain numerous times to have him watched, further scaring Barcelona into believing they are about to have another young player snatched off of them by Wenger.
Arsenal have snapped up Jon Toral, Hector Bellerin, Cesc Fabregas and Fran Merida in the past and Julio Pleguezuelo Selva is the latest one to have made the switch.
Barcelona chiefs have already written to both UEFA and the FA in the hope of being able to stop the poaching of their players from becoming such a regular occurrence, and they have tried to take a stance on Sanabria.
His current deal expires in 2015 but Barcelona want to extend it to 2019 with a bigger contract and a huge buy-out clause to stop him leaving on the cheap.