Arsenal secure verbal agreement with Brazilian teenage sensation

Arsenal secure verbal agreement with Brazilian teenage sensation

It is being reported in the British press that Arsenal has reached a verbal agreement with teenage Brazilian forward, Gabriel Martinelli.

The Daily Mail, citing sources in Brazil, are claiming that we have seen off as many as 25 clubs to secure the youngsters signature.

The 17-year-old currently plays for fourth division side Ituano in the Brazilian State Championship where he has knocked in 10 goals in 31 games.

Martinelli spent four years with Brazilian giants Corinthians and even though he has had to drop down divisions to get games he has clearly impressed when you consider that, in addition to us, clubs like Man Utd and Barcelona have also reportedly shown interest in him.

In fact, United even gave the lad a trial before deciding not to pursue him any further.

A fee in the region of £5 Million has been mentioned and the deal will become official next month once the teenager receives an Italian passport, thus bypassing any work permit issues.

This is very good news for us, this kid appears to be something special and the fact that we have beaten some of the biggest clubs in the world, including Premier League rivals, to his signature shows that we can still attract some of the most talented prospects in the game.

10 Comments

  1. Sal says:

    never heard of him or saw him play, i hope like you said he turns out to be an amazing signing…is the signing done and dusted ? also can you let us know abit more about him like his skills sets and what he might bring to the team? thanks in advance 🙂

  2. Eddie Hoyte says:

    I’m not too excited about him, he’s a striker who’s strength lies in his burst of pace, two footed player and aerial prowess. I ain’t too impressed with his YouTube videos.
    I’ll prefer a Brazilian kid with bags of tricks and skills, that’s what we’ve been lacking on the wings, Imagine having A Neymar Jnr, or Vinicious Jnr type of kid on the wings with confidence, I reckon he’ll be an asset and a serious menace against any defense.
    Martinelli could surprise me, maybe, but I don’t see anything special about him yet

    1. Sal says:

      thanks eddie for the info, much appreciated…i agree would love a tricky brazilian can we say someone more like ronaldinho to me he’s the best dribbler ever, i’ll take even half of that flair and ball control 🙂

      ps: if real goes on a galactico buying spree, do you think can we get junior he plays where hazard plays?

      1. Eddie Hoyte says:

        Sal Vinicious is a future star for Madrid, he has a better future than Mariano who they gave the number 7 Jersey.. I don’t think they’ll let him go, but if they get Neymar or Hazard, I’ll be excited if we could get Vinicious on loan. That’s possibly the only way Madrid will let him go, a loan.
        Can’t remember when last we had a tricky and skillful player

    2. kev says:

      Vinicius is a bit overhyped nd the way he’s played this season continue to shows how naive Madrid were in not replacing Ronaldo.He is good and can get better but is inexperienced and Madrid could really have done with a more experienced and inspirational player.

  3. Declan says:

    10 goals in a Brazilian 4th division side. Hardly a wonder kid sensation. Had trials at ManU and a Barca, both turned him down and now chased by Watford, Palace and Leeds…. oh and us. Whatever happened to that other sensation, Wellington I believe his name was?

    1. kev says:

      Wellington Silva was sent on pointless loan spells and imo the way things were going he was always going to fail.His technique and skill never left him but he just didn’t maximize his potential.He will be thought of as average but he could’ve helped us an option off the bench because of his dribbling and good crossing ability.I wish we kept him because he could’ve been a food option off the bench.

      1. Declan says:

        A food option off the bench?
        You’d have to be really hungry……..?

  4. kev says:

    Brought this news from Twitter some days ago.Deal is done but the challenge is the work permit.

    1. Nick says:

      He has, or is close to getting, his Italian passport won’t need a work permit. This is possible the cause for the delay in his confirmation.

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