Report: Arsenal leading chase for 17-year-old Martinelli

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Arsenal are weighing up a €6 million bid for teenage Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli, according to a number of reports in his homeland.

The 17-year-old made his debut for Sao Paulo-based Ituano last March and has turned heads scoring six goals in the club’s recent run to the quarter-finals of the 2019 Paulista Championship.

According to Sport Witness, the player’s agent has already made clear that a move to Europe is on the cards and that 25 clubs across the globe have expressed an interest.

It’s thought that Manchester United and Barcelona are amongst the big names sniffing around.

We’ve had something of a mixed bag of talent from South America over the last 20 years.

While the likes of Edu and Gilberto earned Invincible status and Alexis became a star, we’ve also seen high hopes dashed by young talents like Carlos Vela (who has since done very well in Spain and the US), Denilson, Wellington Silva and Samuel Galindo.

Given our budget is quite tight this summer, splashing out on a teenager – especially when we have some promising prospects coming through the ranks – would represent something of a risk, but perhaps this Martinelli kid is worth a punt?

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Kroenke Hitman
Kroenke Hitman

Will bench vinicius jr in WC 2022

Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa
Gooooooonnnnaaaaaaaa

This story is nothing more than paper talk.

Firstly, even if we did sign him, there’s no chance he’d get a work permit, so he’d probably end up on loan for a couple of seasons until a work permit is granted. Just ask Wellington Silva and Joel Campbell how that went for them.

Secondly, with Laca and Auba being at the level they are, and having promising strikers like Nketieh and John-Jules, this move just doesn’t make sense.

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Martellini is reported to be working towards an italian passport, so his way to the team is easier. Regardless, this is the kind of risk we should take, even if we sell him at half the price in 3 years.

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

This is arsenal.
We don’t sell him, we just let him go on multiple loans then let him walk on a bosman

Lucas Sam
Lucas Sam

Keep in mind that loaning a player is not free for the receiving club. Along with wages, there is also loan fees. So the figures are right for players with alot of potential.

SciGunner
SciGunner

Why am I keep hearing about this tight budget? What happened to the talk of “the summer will be different” during the January transfer window? Or we’re they merely reminding us that seasons change?

Laca-Sead
Laca-Sead

Yes loosen the purse! Bring on some big guns!!! But still go for those gambling signings!! More Guendouzis please.

In Arsene's Emery
In Arsene's Emery

Nothing changes at Arsenal. #wengerout

Goonereality
Goonereality

You’re hearing it because, unfortunately, it’s true. We had NO money in January – hence the loan deal for Suarez so anything more than nothing could be called “different”. We aren’t expected to make a big profit this year (to 31 May) so the main source of transfer funds is money, or part of it at least, from the new Adidas kit deal – that’s probably the £40 million or so available for transfers mentioned in the press. This can be increased if we qualify for the CL of course and/or if we can sell some players at a half-decent price, but there aren’t too many options there.

SciGunner
SciGunner

But are we not a club in par with Bayern Munich?
Seriously, I refuse to belive the tales of poverty. Some lower mid table clubs spend more than 40 million. I also find it curious that we are hearing stories of limited availability of funds since Wenger is gone. Previously the board could just be keep quiet and all fans will be blaming Wenger for not spending.

Avo84
Avo84

This…

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

I think it’s been a myth that we haven’t been spending. We’re no City, but we’ve been like 3rd of 4th biggest spenders in last few years under Wenger. Heck we paid £50M for a striker then paid £60M 6 months later for another one.

Almost £40M on Mustafi, almost £40M on Xhaka (who I like), £105M on strikers, etc. All the while letting about £200M worth of player assets walk for free or cheap. Then there’s the wage limit.

We’ve had money. We’ve just been bad with it.

sambo
sambo

If we’ve been bad with money but finish above Everton, United and Chelsea then ill take it.

neil
neil

Mustafi’s not as bad as people make him out to be, but not a 40mil defender. Some bad choices were made not only with money management but with player selection as well. [We could have had Virgil Van Dyke for less]

neil
neil

* Virgil van Dijk

SG_Gooner
SG_Gooner

yeah, aren’t we supposedly one of the richest clubs in Europe?!

Steve
Steve

I hate to be “That Guy” but Vela would be a North American talent, or at least Central America. Let’s file him the disappointing North Americans group with Gedion Zelalem

Homer
Homer

Oh come ON.
Carlos Vela is a wonderful footballer. Superb touch. Great nose for goal.
So he didn’t dislodge RVP at Arsenal; few would. RVP in his pomp was amazing.

Jaysus, people these days. Anything to take a dig at someone behind the anonymous web avie, eh?

mc1892
mc1892

Think Steve’s point was more that Mexico isn’t South America..

Though I don’t think labelling him a disappointment is that unreasonable. He looked like a future star in those halcyon League Cup team days with Wilshere et al, and though he’s had a good career, did very little for us. Still remember him being absolute magic in that 6-0 demolition of Sheffield Utd (I think)- one of my first trips to the Emirates!

Cultured determination
Cultured determination

We should have 2 budgets- 1 to strengthen the team with quality players for now, and another for hot prospects, which can give us an ROI in future

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

You mean as opposed to no budgets

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

We do. Kinda how it works.

lovely_arse
lovely_arse

Vela is Mexican

arseblog
Admin

We know. The article is about South American footballers, not Brazilians.

Good hafternoon
Good hafternoon

Mexico isn’t in South America blogs

Randomgun
Randomgun

México is in North America.

Arsexual
Arsexual

Mexico is not in South America…

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Eeesh 🤦🏾‍♂️

MeSoHornsey
MeSoHornsey

Blogs, just edit the article to “Latin” American before you get hung, drawn, kidnapped and disappeared for making a mistake on your free blog.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Never heard of him and the probability (as it is for most of these stories) is that he won’t be arriving at The Emirates. We’re shopping largely in the bargain basement for new signings now so cheaper transfers, youngsters and free transfers are bound to feature. It’s not necessarily a disaster – as we can’t compete on transfers with the “usual suspects” in the EPL, we have to be cleverer.

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Wouldn’t this be a bit risky, considering he might not get a work permit? We may not have the same route of sending him on loan to a club in the EU to get a passport any more, if he can’t get one.

Giovani
Giovani

In June he will gain his Italian citizenship meaning that a work permit will not be a problem.

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

Brexit???

Anonymarse
Anonymarse

You had to sneak that in there didn’t you

Crash Fistfight
Crash Fistfight

Ah, good to hear. Sign him up then!

Joe
Joe

If Emery gets us into the top 4 (and even maybe a European trophy) with the current squad, then I have great hope for the future and trust him even if we don’t make any massive summer signings

Ya gooner
Ya gooner

You only have to look at spurs as a case study to show what happens when you don’t recruit either smartly or at all. The premier league moves so fast these days. They’re in real danger now of finishing outside of the top 4

Faisal Narrage
Faisal Narrage

Don’t need to look at Spurs, mate. Look at us.

nullvinho
nullvinho

John-Jules, Balogun, Greenwood are all in the same age bracket. This kid must be good if we’re going after him with these three waiting in the wings.

Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia
Eternal Titi Berg Pat Nostalgia

I remember how proud I felt when I heard Arsenal was about to recruit the captain of Brazil’s U18, Denilson.

Goo-nerd
Goo-nerd

Don’t forget Andre Santos! I think that was Arsenal transfer rock bottom.

AmericanGooner
AmericanGooner

I’ll be forthcoming – I thought he was going to be so good. 😬

Hi-brid
Hi-brid

I guess €6m doesn’t really count as “splashing out” these days, not that I’ve heard of this guy (which is neither here nor there, to be fair).

Richie

Martinelli; the name of the famous WhatsApp virus. So I guess we’re signing him with the loose bit of cash left over after we sign Samuel Umtiti and David Alaba, that’ll do nicely.

Pat Rice and Beans
Pat Rice and Beans

The kid is good, but not €6M good. Considering the level of the championship, we should take his goal tally with a pinch of salt despite his young age.

Ps.: Vela is Mexican, therefore not a south American. 😉

Orion
Orion

Came here to mention Vela as well. Considering he’s the best of that second group, it actually helps to highlight the lack of youth development by removing him from the conversation.

Brazilian Gooner
Brazilian Gooner

He’s really good, but still could use 1 season at the Brazilian championship to get the grips with a big team. He’s from the same team Juninho (Middlesbrough) started his career (I guess he’s the president of this club, Ituano, nowadays) No wonder Martinelli’s being linked to English clubs then.

Tumnus Parsons
Tumnus Parsons

Carlos Vela is from Mexico, I think you’ll find that Mexico is in North America…

Özil Gummidge

Also, players from the Middle East haven’t all been spectacular successes. Elneny, Riyaichi, Inamoto…

Red-Wing
Red-Wing

Looks like I need to start playing FM again, I used to know all about these young talents but now I’m clueless.

kinghenrythe14th
kinghenrythe14th

He can’t be worse than Amaury Bischoff I reckon

Wojer
Wojer

Looks similar to Sancho’s style of play and possibly pacier. Seems a good deal!

Giovani
Giovani

They’re saying here on Brazil, that the kid already has a verbal agreement with Arsenal

Andre Arshavin
Andre Arshavin

Our budget is always tight.

Goonereality
Goonereality

Correct. Even when we made reasonable profits it was largely due to transfers or property sales around The Emirates. We don’t have a lot of room on the first – we aren’t going to get a fortune for any of the players we want to sell – and the property sales finished some years ago. Qualifying for the CL will help (if we do) as will the new Adidas kit deal, but we will never be able to compete with City, Utd, Chelsea and now Liverpool financially.