As he misses training today, Barcelona are reportedly attempting to change Antonio Sanabria’s contract status to increase his buyout clause.
The Paraguayan striker is expected to complete a move to Roma in the coming days, after announcing his intentions this week, with his absence from training today suggesting a deal may be imminent.
However, Sport are reporting that Barca are pushing to change the 17-year-old’s contract status and therefore increase the buyout clause from the amount Roma are seen as activating.
As a current member of the Barcelona B team, terminating Sanabria’s contract is believed to be costing the Giallorossi €3m.
However, it is alleged that Barca are claiming to have taken all the necessary steps several weeks ago to officially promote the forward to the first team squad, which in turn would activate a clause in his contract to increase his buyout fee to €12m.
Sport say, though, that whilst Sanabria and his representatives acknowledge a request came through from the club to action this promotion, the fact that the player has not yet responded to this, nor has any document been signed by him, his father or his representative to that effect, his contract cannot be altered.