Ex-Ireland U17 midfielder joins Barcelona B from Arsenal

Irene MckinneyFeb 01, 2018

Barcelona have confirmed through their official website and other social media platforms that they have managed to strike an agreement with Arsenal for the transfer of young Englishman Marcus McGuane.

McGuane, 18, joined Arsenal at under-six level and went on to establish himself as a first-choice midfielder in the under-23 side.

The midfielder was expected to have more opportunities under Arsene Wenger at Arsenal in the near future but he has instead chose to accept an offer from Barcelona to continue his development.

Barcelona intend to play him in their B team and have set the buy-out clause in his three-year contract at 25m euros (£21.9m).

For that reason English clubs have benefited from the talent drain at Barca with Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin two deals that involved Arsenal and still rankle with the Catalan club. Now 18, he joined Arsenal at the under-six level and has gone to establish himself as a first choice midfielder in the under-23 side.

He has played twice for the Arsenal first team this season, in Europa League ties against Red Star Belgrade and Bate Borisov.

McGuane will try to help them avoid the relegation after becoming the fifth player to join them during a busy January transfer window which have also seen Ballou Jean-Yves Tabla, Martin Hogla, Christian Rivera and Matias Nahuel recruited.

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