Barcelona forward has one foot in Liverpool already, negotiations ongoing

The Catalan press usually know best about what is happening terms of English clubs poaching players from the La Masia system. It's a great annoyance for them and has led to outbursts aimed mainly at Arsenal over the last few months, but Wenger's club isn't the only one hanging around Barcelona trying to pick up the best talent.

Liverpool have been linked with young Sergi Canos for a while now and if Catalan newspaper Sport are correct he already has 'one foot in Liverpool'. They say that Canos will be the third cadet to arrange a move away from Barcelona recently, with Josimar and Julio Pleguezuelo Selva both likely to go to London. Arsenal, Tottenham and Manchester City are the clubs chasing the latter two youngsters, but it's Liverpool out on their own for Sergi Canos and Sport say negotiations have been ongoing for some weeks now.

The Catalan newspaper say that Barcelona have made some last minute moves to keep him but that they don't think they can convince the youngster to change his mind and stay at Barcelona  The contract he could get with Liverpool would be worth far more than what Barcelona are able to offer youngsters and that leaves a situation which the La Liga club think is unfair.

Barcelona could only offer a training wage which would rise from 12k to 18k a season over a three year deal, it's pennies compared to what young players are receiving in this country and a several year deal which could go through the million pound mark is always going to be more appealing than a guarantee of around £40k over three seasons. A young player may not make the big time and could even suffer an injury which saw them have to leave the game, these are very real concerns for players and they have to take big financial offers seriously.

Barcelona are aware of that and it's the system and English clubs who they direct their anger at rather than the players, but once a youngster has committed to move somewhere else, the club won't have them play for any of the youth teams again.

Canos, 16, is a forward but can also play out wide on the right.

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