Barcelona enter the battle to sign 17-year-old Arsenal transfer target

The Catalan club are famed for bringing younger footballers through the academy and into the first-team. We often hear about footballers who have been at the club since they were kids and have risen through the system, but it looks like things are changing.

They are still looking to develop younger footballers, but we’re starting to see them sign 16/17-year-old players from abroad and putting them into the B team instead. Japanese starlet Jun Nishikawa was close to signing, while Mundo Deportivo have just reported that they are set to secure the signing of a highly rated Brazilian youngster too.

They suggest that Yan Couto is a right-back who would cost €5m. That’s a fairly big fee for a young footballer, so it does suggest they have plans to get him into the first-team. Unfortunately for Gunners supporters, he was ready to move to the London club, so it appears that Blaugrana have stepped in and taken him at the last moment.

The right-back position has been a problem ever since Dani Alves left. Sergi Roberto can do a job, but he’s at his best in midfield, while Nelson Semedo doesn’t seem to be the long term answer either. He’s described as fairly small but with a lot of pace, which does sound like Jordi Alba.

It will be interesting to see if he’s defensively good enough for the top level, but he certainly sounds like an exciting prospect. Barcelona have fantastic consequences in the La Liga this season as they are leading the table.