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Arsenal signs Jon Toral

Updated: February 23, 2011, 4:01 PM ET
Associated Press

BARCELONA, Spain -- Arsenal has obtained another player from Barcelona's lauded youth academy.

Barcelona confirmed Wednesday that 16-year-old midfielder Jon Toral is set to follow Cesc Fabregas and join the Gunners next season.

Spanish reports said the north London club paid $480,500 for Toral, who was free to sign with any professional team.

Toral came through the Spanish champion's La Masia ranks like Fabregas and fellow prospect Fran Merida, both signed by Arsenal as teenagers. ...

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