Arsenal set to battle Real Madrid for signing of £38.5m-rated Brazilian wonderkid

According to the Sun, Arsenal are set for a transfer battle with Real Madrid for the services of Brazilian wonderkid Reinier Jesus.

The 17-year-old starlet’s potential exit from Flamengo was essentially confirmed by Jorge Jesus, with the ace’s gaffer telling Portuguese outlet Record:

“I launched three players (at Flamengo), one at 17, one at 18 and one at 19. The 17-year-old will be sold to one of Europe’s biggest teams now for several million euros.”

Jorge Jesus certainly must’ve been talking about Reinier, as he’s the only 17-year-old involved in Flamengo’s first-team.

A report from Mundo Deportivo in November claimed that Arsenal have even made contact with the player’s father in a bid to win the race for his signature.

Mundo Deportivo also report that the ace has a release clause of £60m (€70m) in his current contract, but that his signing is more likely to cost between £34m to £38.5m (€40m to €45m).

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Reinier celebrating for Flamengo.

Reinier has scored six goals in 15 first-team appearances for Flamengo, the ace’s physical build for an attacking midfielder is quite surprising, the youngster stands at 6ft2in tall.

Perhaps the ace’s larger frame could help him settle into Premier League football fairly quickly, the physicality of the top-flight is something that other South American talents have struggled with over the years.

Gabriel Martinelli’s rapid development into a star since his summer move to the Gunners will no doubt be appealing to Reinier.

It seems as though the ball is in the starlet’s court as he prepares to decide which top team he’d like to represent in the near future.

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7 Comments

  1. gotanidea says:

    His height and skills remind me of Dennis Bergkamp. Similar to Bergkamp, this kid might be able to do hold-up play and win aerial battles in the front:

    youtube.com/watch?v=BEzTf-C8YbA

    If Arteta wants to keep using no 10, he could be a good option. But I don’t think he would come, because Arteta would most likely switch to 4-3-3 in the end and the kid’s price tag is too high

    1. antonioro says:

      He may be an “ inverted winger”….the way you like it!

  2. Le Coq Monster says:

    Can he play as a central defender?

    1. Jim will fix it says:

      Course he can! He plays an attacking role but heard about Arsenal reversing players positions from striker to defender and vice versa! Sign him up and make him the new CB

    2. Ackshay says:

      He can play inverted Centre back 😁😁😁

  3. Tom says:

    Edu work?
    How will he fit in?
    What’s his long term position in top 3?
    How hard does he work?
    What’s his long term objectives?
    What can he be worth?

  4. Break-on-through says:

    Now that we have Raul and Edu we really need to make the most of that, but Arteta must have the last say on whether we pull the trigger. I don’t know anything about SA football at the minute, but it is a place that has always had a large dearth of talent. I’m looking forward to seeing the business we do, Torreira and Martinelli probably tells us that we will look to bring one over – from out that way. I’m wondering on the type of players that we’ll be targeting, and whether height and physical strength is a must.

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