Arsenal ‘win race’ to sign Brazilian wonderkid

first_imgArsenal ‘have a verbal agreement’ to sign wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.The 17-year-old currently plays for Brazilian club Ituano and the Gunners have been keeping a close eye on his progress. Ronaldo warned Lukaku how hard scoring goals in Serie A would be before Inter move REVEALED Oxlade-Chamberlain suffers another setback as Klopp confirms serious injury Top nine Premier League free transfers of the decade 1 Where Ancelotti ranks with every Premier League boss for trophies won Son ban confirmed as Tottenham fail with appeal to overturn red card Which teams do the best on Boxing Day in the Premier League era? REVEALED REPLY Gabriel Martinelli will reportedly join Arsenal. Picture: Ituano Instagram center_img They have verbally agreed a deal and will pay around £5million for the striker, according to Yahoo in Brazil.Martinelli is highly thought of and even had a trial with Manchester United in 2017.It has been suggested that Arsenal are waiting for the teenager to get an Italian passport before making the move official.This means they would not have to negotiate potential visa and work permit issues.A number of top clubs in Europe are understood to have been watching Martinelli’s progress.Palmeiras and Flamengo were also monitoring him but it would appear that the Gunners have won the race.His agent, Marcos Casseb, also revealed recently that he plans on making the move to Europe soon. BEST OF huge blow RANKED no dice Every time Ally McCoist lost it on air in 2019, including funny XI reactions ADVICE LATEST FOOTBALL NEWS Berahino hits back at b******t Johnson criticism – ‘I was in a dark place at Stoke’ “To be honest we expected this to happen,” Casseb told Globo Esporte when asked about the interest shown in the teenager.“His evolution since last year is very fast, he is above average. The initial planning is for him to go straight to Europe.”last_img read more