Arsenal sending team of staff to sign €45million Portugese youngster

There has been an interesting development in Arsenal’s chase for the young winger Joelson Fernandes, with A Bola reporting that the Gunners are sending a team (including agent Kia Joorabchian) over to Lisbon to negotiate with Sporting Club for their exciting youngster.

The report was picked up by the Express, who report: “The 17-year-old winger looks set to depart the Primeira Liga outfit due to a contract wrangle amid mounting interest in his signature.

“Sporting want to increase the value of Joelson’s €45million (£41m) release clause but he has failed to commit to fresh terms.”

Obviously Arsenal would want to keep the current release clause before Sporting persuade Joelson to sign an extension nearly doubling that figure to 80million, although the player himself says he knows nothing about any contract extension. But he has noticed the links to Arsenal. “Joelson said: “It is very flattering and I think it represents the value of my work.

“I did not look at that alleged interest very much, I am happy where I am and fighting to achieve my dream, which is to play for Sporting’s first team.

“Nobody has told me about this extension offer yet. Besides, I try not to think about these things too much. I just want to play football.”

If this is true, then I can only imagine that Joelson would be the replacement for Aubameyang, but with Saka and Martinelli readymade replacements if our top scorer leaves, why would we lay out another 45million to get a 17 year-old Joelson?

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  1. If we manage to pull this deal through, I bet it would be because we weren’t able to make Aubameyang stay. That kid, Aubameyang, Martinelli and Nketiah are predominantly right-footed and like to cut inside from left wing, so one of right-footed attackers must be sacrificed

    He seems to be the cheaper and younger version of Zaha/ Saint-Maximin, but I’d be happier if we manage to replace Pepe with another left-footed inverted winger instead. Hopefully the scouts could find the one with fake shot tricks like Mahrez

  2. If we can´t keep Auba, I personally do not think we would replace him with a 17 year old.

    I also highly doubt we would spend that much on a 17 year old. Especially with our expected low transfer budget. I suspect we will have to sell to buy basically.

    Another thing is that our greatest need appears to be in the midfield. Ceballos, Torreira, AMN could all leave.

  3. Joelson plays at left wingback or more often left winger.
    Hailed as the next Ronaldo, not the fat one, the ripped one 🙂

  4. Arsenal FC must be rigorous when it comes to signing players, they talk a lot instead of boosting the squad and talk later

  5. Arsenal have Balogun and Greenwood (same age). Edouard from Celtic is a better replacement for Aubameyang or Lacazette. In any case scarce transfer funds need to be directed to address immediate deficiencies at DM, box to box CAM and CB (funded by sales of existing surplus).

  6. Reports are that we’ve offered £12m as a starting bid and representatives are off to progress negotiations. I doubt this transfer has anything to do with Auba and more to do with just snapping up a fantastic prospect.

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