Arsenal are reportedly set to sign Gabriel Martinelli as agent discusses future

Unai Emery, Manager of Arsenal gives his team instructions during the Premier League match between Arsenal FC and Liverpool FC at Emirates Stadium on November 3, 2018 in London, United...

Brazilian midfielder Gabriel Martinelli has been linked with Arsenal.

Arsenal FC head coach Unai Emery during the Pre-season friendly between Arsenal and SS Lazio at Friends Arena on August 4, 2018 in Stockholm, Sweden.

Arsenal are leading Premier League rivals Crystal Palace and Watford to sign the coveted Brazilian starlet Gabriel Martinelli this summer, according to Globo Esporte.

The teenage midfielder has long been seen as one of the most promising young talents to emerge out of the nation that produced some of the world’s greatest ever play-makers, such as Kaka, Rivaldo and Zico.

Martinelli is currently playing in the Brazilian top flight with FC Ituano but it seems he is heading for Europe.

 

UOL claimed last week that Crystal Palace and Watford are keen to offer Martinelli a chance in England with the report adding that it would cost around £7 million to convince Ituano to sell.

Globo Esporte, however, believes that Arsenal is the most likely destination despite interest from 24 other clubs across the continent. The Gunners sent scouts to watch Martinelli during the Copa Sao Paulo Junior championships recently.

General view outside the Emirates Stadium prior to the UEFA Europa League Semi Final leg one match between Arsenal FC and Atletico Madrid at Emirates Stadium on April 26, 2018 in London,...

"To be honest we expected (his rapid rise) to happen. His evolution since last year is very fast, he is above average. The initial planning is for him to go straight to Europe,” Martinelli’s agent, Marcos Casseb, told Globo.

It is believed that the youngster is applying for an Italian passport to smooth over a potential summer switch to English shores. And it seems that Arsenal fans can expect to see Martinelli posing in red and white before too long.

Young Arsenal fans during the Premier League match between Arsenal and Watford at Emirates Stadium on March 11, 2018 in London, England.

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