Wenger to pay top dollar for Barca starlet

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Antonio Sanabria.GettyImagesWill Arsenal pay the buy-out clause of Antonio Sanabria?

Arsenal could be forced to pay a whopping 3.6 million pounds for young Barcelona sensation Antonio Sanabria. The Paraguay international -- labeled the next Lionel Messi due to his size and skill -- has been attracting interest this season despite appearing only nine times for the Spanish side’s B team this season. But Gunners boss Arsene Wenger is under pressure to bring in another striker, and the Frenchman is rumoured to have settled on the 17-year-old. But the admiration may cost the London club a pretty penny with the Mirror claiming that young striker has a buy-out clause that is thought to be way above the asking price.

Talking of strikers in demand, the Mirror is reporting that West Ham boss Sam Allardyce is intent on securing Southampton forward Rickie Lambert in the January transfer window. Lambert was one of the Saints key men last season, scoring 15 goals in the Premier League, but the England international now finds himself behind summer signing Dani Osvaldo. And that has alerted Allardyce, who is desperate to add to his striking options. The club’s main weapon, Andy Carroll, has been missing through injury and West Ham have suffered without a suitable back-up.

Finally, Manchester United are looking to kick the career of midfielder Nick Powell up a notch with the Mirror reporting that the Red Devils will bring the 19-year-old home, only to send him out on loan again! Powell has been doing a fine job at Championship side Wigan this season, scoring four goals in 14 appearances, but United officials believe the player will benefit from playing at a higher level, hoping that a Premier League club will take the player out on loan for the remainder of the season in the January window.

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