The 20-year-old shone on loan with Sporting Gijon last term, and according to Sport (h/t Football Italia), his exciting displays caught the attention of the Blaugrana. But it’s also suggested the Foxes fancy their chances of bringing Sanabria to England.
Here is a look at how the story is covered in the newspaper, per Sport Witness:
Despite his haul of 11 La Liga goals in 29 games for Sporting, it’s stated Roma have no intention of integrating the youngster into their squad next season. Here is a look at why that might be good news for both Leicester and Barcelona:
Sanabria is a bright prospect, and he honed his talents as a young player in the Barcelona academy before moving to Sassuolo and then to the Giallorossi.
While the talent he possesses has always been clear, it was only when he was loaned to Sporting that we witnessed the Paraguay international’s quality on a consistent basis.
Of course, there were fluctuations in form, as is the case with any young forward, but they were meshed with moments of inspiration.
Sanabria was the focal point of the Sporting attack and with the club fighting relegation there was an onus on him to deliver; his final-day goal against Villarreal helped the team preserve their top-flight status.
As these numbers from earlier in the campaign illustrated from Squawka Football, there weren’t many players his age making such a significant impression in Europe:
The next phase of his career is a key one. Already in the nascent stages of his playing days Sanabria has played for four different clubs and it’s imperative he finds some kind of stability to continue developing.
Barcelona wouldn’t necessarily be the best place to do that. While the club may be on the lookout for a player who can deputise for Luis Suarez at the point of the attack, it’s difficult to see Sanabria getting too much of a look in at the Camp Nou with so many quality players in situ.
So while the chance to return to his former club and showcase the improvements made would be extremely tempting, perhaps Leicester would be a more sensible choice at this stage in the player’s career. After all, should Jamie Vardy decide to move to Arsenal, there would be a chance to become the team’s main forward.
As noted by OptaJoe, he’d be a difficult player to replace:
The most important factor for Sanabria is playing regular football. He showed last term in a struggling team that he is ready to be handed more responsibility and with that in mind, it’s no surprise to see elite teams keeping tabs on him.
For Barcelona it’d potentially be an ideal acquisition. Manager Luis Enrique needs someone capable of playing at the point of the attack should Suarez be unavailable and as a technical centre-forward, Sanabria would be a fine fit for the role. But for the player, now is not the right time to return to his former club.