Arsenal eyeing a move for another impressive South American teenager

After enjoying an impressive start from Gabriel Martinelli, Arsenal is targeting a move for his name-sake, Matheus Martinelli.

The 19-year-old Fluminense teenager is one of the bright youngsters impressing in the Brazilian top flight.

He only made his debut last December, but his contribution of 3 goals in 11 games has impressed Arsenal’s scouts and those of other teams around the world.

The attacker is expected to become a global star in the next few years and Arsenal wants to bring him to Europe in the near future.

Martinelli currently has a release clause of £35m, according to Globo Esporte via Sun Sports.

This fee wouldn’t be too much for Arsenal to pay, but the Gunners will only move for him if they cannot keep Martin Odegaard, the report says.

The Norwegian has been on loan at the Emirates since January and the Gunners remain keen on making his transfer permanent.

However, his current deal doesn’t have the option of a permanent transfer or another loan deal.

If Arsenal fails to keep him, they will turn to Martinelli.

The form of the Martinelli on their books now should give their fans confidence that Matheus could also be a success at the Emirates.

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  1. Durand says:

    Rather Arteta focus on sharpening ESR and Azeez, even Willock if he returns. Do his job and work with our youth.

    Hopefully he doesn’t go full on Pep and “youth” to Arteta means buying another clubs players.

    Probably has some truth; he is Brazilian after all, and Edu obsessed with buying every Brazilian player on the planet.

    Just think we fired Sven for this. Meanwhile Sven has assembled quite a squad at Stuttgart.

    Another capable and proven individual replaced with inexperienced rube still pissing the bed, managerily speaking.

    1. John Ibrahim says:

      its not surprising

      Edu is Brazilian he will lean towards signing Brazilian talent….

      There are heaps of talented players in Brazil but not many will be discipline and determined to work and play hard once they gotten their fame and money….

      They love to drink and party

      1. Admin Pat says:

        All rich young kids of all nationalities are liable to succumb to drinking and partying, not just Brazilians surely?

  2. jon fox says:

    The last line in this otherwise interesting article makes zero sense. How could one player in our existing Martinelli possibly have ANY bearing on what the other MARTINELLI MAY DO?

    An interesting article let down by a ludicrous and plain silly last line! To judge one player by another with the same surname is bonkers Ad Martin and you should know better.

  3. allezkev says:

    £35m for a 19 year old Brazilian when Arsenal as a club are desperately short of funds, does anybody really give this rumour any credibility?

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