As per a report from Brazilian outlet Esporte, Arsenal are expressing a serious interest in the signature of Ituano youngster Gabriel Martinelli.
Martinelli, a 17-year-old winger who can also play as a 2nd-striker, possesses many of the trademark qualities of a Brazilian attacker.
The teen is said to have both pace and technique in abundance, along with a keen eye for goal.
Martinelli spent 4 years plying his trade for Corinthians Futsal between 2010 and 2014, before joining Ituano the following year.
And, after signing his first professional contract with the Campeonato Paulista outfit in 2017, the prodigious talent subsequently went on to break into the first-team setup of Ituano in March of last year.
After working his way to more consistent playing-time over the remainder of his debut campaign at the Estádio Novelli Júnior, Martinelli has since gone on to catch the eye to this point in the current season, with a number of impressive showings.
As per Football.London, the Brazilian, who previously spent time on trial with both Manchester United and Barcelona, has notched 4 goals across 10 outings in the Campeonato Paulista,
And such performances have since seen Martinelli added to the summer wishlist of one of European football’s heavyweights.
As per the aforementioned report from Esporte, Premier League giants Arsenal are extremely keen on the starlet’s signature.
In fact, Arsenal are said to have been in negotiations with Ituano over a possible summer transfer since the beginning of the year, with scouts from the North Londoners having watched Martinelli in action during a league clash with Palmeiras last month.
Arsenal are reportedly prepared to pay up to 8 million Euro to clinch the South American’s signature.
Crystal Palace and Watford, meanwhile, are both also named as interested parties.
From 🇧🇷 | Arsenal are in talks to sign 17 year old Brazilian sensation Gabriel Martinelli. Interest from the club is genuine and they are willing to pay €8m to secure the talented forward.https://t.co/LjpplHhhMz
— LTArsenal™️ (@ltarsenal) March 12, 2019