Jon Miquel Toral Harper
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23-2-11: Barcelona are irked that history has repeated itself, with young Barca starlet Jon Miquel Toral Harper following in Cesc Fabregas' footsteps by signing for Arsenal.
A top Barcelona source told The Sun: "Our president Sandro Rosell is trying to ensure there are no more fiascos like we had with Fabregas.
"So, for a lad represented by the manager's brother to leave in identical circumstances to Cesc is incredible."
Harper's agent is Pere Guardiola, the brother of Barca coach Pep.
24-2-11: Arsenal are close to agreeing a compensation deal of around £350k for Jon Miquel Toral Harper with Barcelona for the academy graduate.
25-2-11: Although Barcelona president Sandro Rosell described Arsenal's signing of Jon Miquel Toral Harper as "a little immoral", Gunners boss Arsene Wenger begs to differ.
Wenger said: "You forget that this boy is English. He has an English passport, his mother is from England and hopefully he will join us in the summer.
"We have players who leave us for other professional clubs in England.
"We have done what just is legal.
"I love Barcelona, I love Catalonia - I have nothing against them, but when a player who is half English and Spanish wants to join us, why should we turn him down if its all legal?
"If we have done something illegal, I will say 'sorry, my boy, we cannot do it'.
"Plenty of players leave us under exactly the same rule."
However, Wenger was reluctant to respond directly to Rosell's comments.
"I do not want to go further on that front because it is very difficult," he said.
"If you go in the academy of Barcelona and you look where all the players come from, come back to me and we can talk about it."