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Barcelona wonderkid basically confirms Arsenal transfer move on Instagram

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Arsenal are reportedly closing in on signing pacey right back Joel Lopez from Barcelona.

The young defender has been playing for Barcelona’s Cadeta A side and had the opportunity to sign a new deal with the La Liga giants this summer.

It is understood he will be joining Arsenal after snubbing a professional contract at Barcelona and he has confirmed he is close to a move to joining the Gunners.

 “The day has come to say goodbye to what has been my home these last seven years,” he wrote on Instagram.

“Thanks to FC Barcelona, it will be the club that I always carry in my heart for wonderful moments that I have lived with my companions, physios, coaches, delegates, executives. Magnificent people who have made me feel welcome from the first day.

“It was a difficult decision but after contemplating it with my family I made the decision to go and start a new stage as a footballer with great enthusiasm.

“Thanks to all who have been there always. Visca Barca!”

Liverpool were also strongly interested in Lopez but Arsenal’s head of football relations from Catalonia, Raul Sanllehi, convinced the teenage left-back to move to north London instead.



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