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Former Ireland youth player joins Barcelona and the Catalans have included a hefty buy-out clause in his contract

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Marcus McGuane

Marcus McGuane

Marcus McGuane

FORMER Ireland U-17 international Marcus McGuane has completed a stunning move to Barcelona.

McGuane – who switched allegiance to his native England after playing against them for Ireland in the U-17 European Championships in 2015 – has left Arsenal to join the Catalan giants for an undisclosed fee. He will initially play for the Barcelona B side and, as part of the move, a €25m release clause has been written into his contract.

He  has grandparents from Portlaoise, Limerick and Cork and was known as Marcus Agyei-Tabi when he played in green. After playing competitive underage football for both countries, he would be unable to switch nations again.

A Barcelona statement read: "McGuane's deal will keep him at Barca for three seasons, plus two option years. The buy-out clause has been set at 25m euros."

Arsenal added in a club statement: "We would like to thank Marcus for his contribution and wish him well at Barcelona."

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