Arsenal target Joel Lopez has taken to instagram to confirm his departure from La Liga giants Barcelona, Football.London reports.

The young left-back is believed to have rejected a new contract that was on offer to him by Barcelona, with Arsenal being heavily linked to the youngster.

Lopez, who played for Barca’s U16’s, is set to follow in the footsteps of Cesc Fabregas and Hector Bellerin by making the move from the Nou Camp to the Emirates.

Lopez believes that there will be more first team opportunities on offer at Arsenal as he looks set to join the Gunners’ academy ranks.

Reports in Spain claim that Arsenal’s head of football relations Raul Sanllehi has used his contacts at Barcelona to persuade Lopez to complete the switch to England.


Lopez announced that he was ending his stay at Barcelona in a heart-felt message on instagram

The day has come to say goodbye to what has been my home these last 7 years.

Thanks to Barcelona, ​​it will be the club that I always carry in my heart for wonderful moments that I have lived with my friends, coaches, delegates, executives.

Magnificent people who have made me feel welcome from the first day.

It was a difficult decision but after contemplating it with my family I made the decision to go and start a new stage as a footballer with great enthusiasm. Thanks to all who have been there always Visca Barca!