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."