Arsenal want a DIFFERENT Martinelli with boss Mikel Arteta keeping an eye on Brazilian midfielder Matheus
Arsenal want a DIFFERENT Martinelli with boss Mikel Arteta keeping an eye on Brazilian midfielder Matheus after succeeding with striker Gabriel
- Arsenal have reportedly made an approach for Fluminense’s Matheus Martinelli
- The precocious 19-year-old has a £ 35 million release clause in his contract
- But the Gunners may not pursue the deal if they can buy borrowed Martin Odegaard
Arsenal have reportedly made an approach to sign Brazilian prospect Matheus Martinelli, potentially making him the second Martinelli to join the club.
The Gunners signed forward Gabriel Martinelli – no relationship – in July 2019, scoring 10 goals in an impressive debut season, although his current campaign has been hit by injury.
But Fluminense midfielder Matheus could follow the same path from Brazil to North London after the Gunners surveyed the 19-year-old’s entourage to determine his interest in a possible move.
Arsenal have approached Fluminense prospect Matheus Martinelli to sign him
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is keen to bolster his midfield with midfielder Martinelli, 19
According to Globe SportsArsenal have been scouting the teenager in recent months and are eager to explore the logistics of a move, although they are not yet formally in touch with the top.
Martinelli, who has scored three goals in 11 games since his debut in December 2020, has played regularly for the Tricolor in recent months.
Believed to be happy at the club, he is looking forward to playing in the Copa Libertadores tournament for the first time and focused on completely breaking Roger Machado’s squad at the Maracana.
The club signed Gabriel Martinelli – no family – in July 2019 and it turned out to be a successful move
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is already planning for this summer’s transfer window, and despite spending £ 45m on Atletico Madrid central midfielder Thomas Partey in October, he is still looking to bolster his options in midfield.
Real Madrid borrower Martin Odegaard has impressed the Emirates, but his mother club has not yet decided whether to keep him, so Arsenal want to keep their options open in case the Norwegian is not allowed to leave.
With a £ 35 million release clause in his contract and with Fluminense not really under pressure to sell, he wouldn’t come cheap for Arsenal.