Arsenal have been linked once more with Gabriel Martinelli, according to Brazilian outlet UOL.
Gabriel Martinelli is a 17-year-old Brazilian forward who plays for Campeonato Paulista (top-flight professional football league in the Brazilian state of Sao Paulo) side Ituano. He has had trials with Barcelona and Manchester United since joining Ituano in 2015. So far he has played 25 professional games and scored five goals.
There can be very little doubt of his talent, however. Clubs, even the top ones, have been known to make grave mistakes when taking teenagers on trial.
The purpose behind a potential move for the youngster is likely to give the club options when it comes to player selection in the future. Martinelli, however talented, would apparently cost only £6 million, and his potential wages certainly wouldn’t be too big. It is something big clubs often do, and should he show enough in terms of work rate and commitment, he shouldn’t wait too long for a chance to feature for the first team, at least in domestic cup competitions. The likes of Ainsley Maitland-Niles and Eddie Nketiah are good examples of young players whose hard work got them a long way at Arsenal so far.
Manager Unai Emery has started a project that can be described as a new era for the club. Planning for the future and creating foundations for future successes is a compulsory pre-requisition for any club with any ambition, and looking at players like Martinelli is an important aspect of that.
Meanwhile, Arsenal have a more pressing matter to attend to as they welcome Rennes today (Thursday) and aim to turn a two-goal deficit around to move past the round of 16 in the Europa League.
The Gunners can be backed to win the game at 2/7 to win the game at the Emirates.