7 in 7 since £6m Arsenal move, chart-topping star was reportedly identified by Leeds

Leeds United's director of football Victor Orta waves to fans before the match

Leeds United's recruitment team has unearthed a number of gems of late and could have had another.

Gabriel Martinelli of Arsenal celebrates after scoring his team's third goal during the Carabao Cup Round of 16 match between Liverpool and Arsenal at Anfield on October 30, 2019 in...

A player linked with Leeds United at the start of the year is now the highest-scoring teenager in Europe's top-five leagues.

According to Teamtalk, the Whites were one the clubs that held an interest in Gabriel Martinelli ahead of his eventual move to Arsenal - for a reported fee of around £6 million (Transfermarkt).


With rivals of the Gunners' stature - Martinelli also had trials at Manchester United and Barcelona - Leeds' chances of signing the Brazilian were always going to be slim.

But Martinelli was playing fourth-tier football for Ituano before his move to Arsenal - where he has found the net seven times in as many matches after Wednesday's League Cup fourth-round defeat against Liverpool.

And the ability to identify top young talents like him - if the speculation is true - should serve as further encouragement to fans of a club for which Ben White, Eddie Nketiah and Jack Harrison have all impressed after a calculated gamble was taken by Elland Road's management and recruitment teams.

Leeds United's director of football Victor Orta waves to fans before the match

With any luck, Leeds will be a Premier League club this time year, and in a much more favourable position to make future Martinellis their own.

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