According to Portuguese paper A Bola, Sporting Lisbon have rejected a second bid from Arsenal for 17-year-old Joelson Fernandes.
The Gunners are said to have tabled a €20 million offer a couple of weeks ago and have followed up with deal worth closer to €32 million for the left-sided winger.
Joelson is under contract at the Estádio José Alvalade until 2022 and has a release clause of €45 million.
It is claimed that the Guinea-born attacker, another client of Kia Joorabchian, is also attracting interest from Chelsea and Manchester City.
What to make of this?
Given we’re strapped for cash, the idea that we might spend big cash on a teenager who has four senior appearances to his name seems somewhat fanciful.
Then again, if he’s on Kia’s roster nothing is out of the question. We’ve already welcomed David Luiz and Cedric Soares to the club, Willian is set to sign, we’ve been linked with Philippe Coutinho and we came close to signing Layvin Kurzawa.
Of course, there could be nothing in this at all. We’ve now got to the point where it’s very easy for any club or outlet to peddle speculation linking Arsenal with a Kia client.
We’re going high on the poo-o-meter.