Opinion: What is all the fuss about the “new Cristiano Ronaldo”?

Arsenal has been obsessed with the signing of the “new Cristiano Ronaldo”, Joelson Fernandes this summer.

The 17-year-old has emerged as a target for Arsenal and the latest reports claim the Gunners have seen bids of more than 20 million euros rejected by Sporting Lisbon (TeamTalk).

The Portuguese side insists that Arsenal pays his release clause which is in excess of 40 million euros.

I sit and watch as the saga goes on and it annoys me that we are spending so much time and offering so much money for a player that hasn’t even made a first-team start for Sporting yet.

I can understand that we are trying to catch the next superstar, but we cannot forget that it is still just a gamble.

There are several players who have been tipped to become world beaters and have been signed for huge transfer fees, yet they have ended up as flops.

It will be a good thing if we can land him because I also think that he is a huge talent, but can we just tone the hype down a bit and just walk away from this potential deal?

We cannot break the bank to sign him when we need to buy players that can pay for the club immediately.

An article from Ime

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  1. It’s not Arsenal that ARE (not is) obsessed with signing Joelson, it’s the media saying we are and there is a subtle difference. We want him and have put in a bid but it’s the press and media who are pushing the “obsession” story, it’s called click bait mate!

    1. Kia Joorabchian is his agent and he told Talk Sports earlier today that the entire rumor is rubbish. He says he has not even mentioned the player to Arsenal.

      1. Then the rumour must be true if Kia denies it.
        lme is right about the hype, for a “shiny new” 17yo winger.
        What about Folarin Balogun, who is Arsenal and only 19? He needs to change his agent.

  2. Are we dealing with a right person or we are dealing with some one who is trying to bring Arsenal down in to its knees?

  3. This is just the media pushing this and we all lap it up as if an official from the club has been saying this. At the moment we need to sign players that are ready to play in the Premiership, we have enough promising youngsters coming through because this is all he is, a promising youngster.

  4. As other have said and as I’ve held since the rumor first emerged. All talk to get him a pretty new deal. Interesting that Kia has rubbished the rumor because I was fairly certain he’d be the one to start it. How could this guy be worth 40mill if he has only played a few minutes in the first team? No academy player has ever gone for close to that amount.

  5. Arsenal in no way should go for him and we should use the funds to buy Partey and a creative midfielder and if possible a central defender to partner Saliba next season.

  6. l have never watched him playing but l have always watched folarin balogun and l think Balogun is better than joelson

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