Is this 16-year-old the next Cesc Fabregas? Or Denilson...

Arsene Wenger may have found his next Cesc Fabregas. But he could also go the other way.

Arsenal have offered a trial to 16-year-old Matheus Indio after his parent club Vasco da Gama gave the Brazilian midfielder permission to go and spend a week in London with the Gunners.

Arsene Wenger has always been very good at spotting the next superstar; he signed Cesc Fabregas originally from Barcelona at a similar age and early indications suggest Indio is just as good, if not better than the Spaniard.

He will spend this week going through his paces in terms of training and fitness testing before Arsenal decide whether it’s worth it to try and land him on a permanent deal.

Arsenal should be very excited because there are several reasons why Indio should develop and thrive in North London should the club decide to take a risk on him.

Skill and possession play are two of the main things that Arsenal will look for in any player and he seems to have both of those in spades.

Giving trials to young players and trying to secure them on deals at such a young age is not uncommon in football.

The examples of several players in the Barcelona side shows how important it is to secure players at a young age because if they turn out to be superstars such as Lionel Messi then they soon become unbuyable.

This offers protection in terms of that player’s immediate future at a club or at least until a point where the club can make a staggering amount of profit on their original investment.

Arsenal fans, you’re quite right to say you’ve heard and seen it all before but the difference is, if Indio turns out to become a brilliant player for club and country, there is no pressure for Arsenal to sell.

They now don’t need the money to help pay back debts on the Emirates Stadium and Arsenal have a developing team which is only going to get better and better over the next few seasons.

It’s a risk worth taking because the fee and cost involved in moving Indio over to North London would be much smaller now than if they left it, allowed him to develop in Brazil as Neymar has done which would end up costing any side that wants to buy him, literally millions.

It doesn't always work; Denilson was a young midfielder Arsene Wenger plucked from Brazil as a teenager is similar circumstances. After failing to build on his early promise, he is on loan for the second consecutive season in his homeland, destined never to wear the Arsenal shirt again, but the club has been unable to sell him.

Yes it's a gamble, but the reward shown in Fabregas makes it worthwhile if it comes off.

Check out our video of Indio below;

Arsenal fans, are you excited?

image: © Ronnie Macdonald

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