Ex-Ireland U17 midfielder joins Barcelona B from Arsenal

Marcus McGuane

Barcelona's capture of 18-year-old Arsenal midfielder Marcus McGuane this week was part of a five-player signing spree created to prevent their B team being relegated from the Spanish second division.

He has signed a three-and-a-half year deal and his buyout clause has been fixed at €25 million. "The buy-out clause has been set at €25m".

McGuane, who is renowned for his tough tackling, was open to leaving Arsenal in search of more game time.

McGuane impressed for Arsenal's Under-23 side and made two first-team appearances under Arsene Wenger in the Europa League.

McGuane, an England youth global, will join Barca's B team with a view to earning a spot in the first-team squad in future.

Barcelona B won promotion to the second division of Spanish Football last season and are now in 18th place on the points table, just outside the relegation zone, thanks to the goal difference.

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.

McGuane is one of a handful of English Arsenal youngsters to pursue opportunities overseas in recent months, with Chris Willock joining Benfica and Kaylen Hinds heading to Wolfsburg.

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