Cesc Fàbregas and Héctor Bellerín have both made the jump from Barcelona to Arsenal in a bid for success.
Fran Merida, Julio Pleguezuelo and Jon Toral have also made the same move, but with less achievement. However, Fàbregas and Bellerín both left their native city for London and established themselves as regulars in the Arsenal side.
Could Alex Grimaldi be next? The left-back, who has one cap for the Spanish u21 side, is now 20 but has failed to break out of the Barcelona B team. The Gunners are allegedly considering a January bid for the defender, who could prove to be the future at left-back.
Playing for Barcelona B on a regular basis, Grimaldo is unlikely to be happy with the lack of opportunities at the Nou Camp. He may well be targeted by Arsenal then, as current left-back Nacho Monreal approaches 30 and Kieran Gibbs, now 26, is yet to develop as hoped.
Throughout a stint as the first choice, Gibbs struggled with injuries and has not come on over the past 24 months. Monreal is now the clear first choice but maybe only have two or three years of that in him.
With no obvious left-back candidates for the future in the youth ranks, Arsenal will have to look outside the club eventually. Why not sign Grimaldo now while there’s a chance?