Report: Arsenal want Marquinhos Cipriano

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Arsenal have contacted the Brazilian club, say reports.

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According to a report from ESPN Brazil, Arsenal have touched base with Sao Paulo over signing teenage wonderkid Marquinhos Cipriano.

The 17-year-old is making quite a name for himself in Brazil after netting 14 times in 12 outings for the Brazilian club's Under-17 side in 2016.

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But if the report is true then Sao Paulo know just how good he is going to be.

ESPN Brazil have reported that the club has slapped a £26 million release clause on the youngster in a move which clearly indicates his potential.

But the report goes on to claim that Arsenal could face competition from Italian champions Juventus in their pursuit of Cipriano, but the South American giants want to keep the starlet in their ranks.

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Arsenal, and indeed Arsene Wenger, doesn't have a great recent history when it comes to making rough Brazilian gems shine.

Wellington Silva joined the club six years ago but now, at 23, the forward looks no closer to breaking into the first team, following a mediocre loan spell with relegated Bolton Wanderers in the Championship last season.

There is also Denilson, who joined the Gunners from Sao Paulo in 2006 but struggled to make his mark on the senior side, before leaving in 2013. He now plays for Al Wahda in Abu Dhabi.

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