Arsenal are set to have a relatively modest transfer budget at their disposal this summer, as their Europa League final defeat to Chelsea ensured that they will miss out on Champions League qualification for the third consecutive season and greatly reduced their transfer kitty.
The Gunners are reported to have approximately £40m to spend this summer and therefore need to look for cheap recruits. They look to have done exactly that with the impending signing of young Brazilian striker Gabriel Martinelli.
Here are four things you need to know about the Brazilian prodigy.
He Is a Prodigious Talent
Arsenal will announce the signing of Gabriel Martinelli tomorrow, on his 18th birthday, joining from Ituano in a deal worth £6m, with the Brazilian youngster signing a five-year contract. [Globo Esporte] #afc pic.twitter.com/9SlqMCvszb
— afcstuff (@afcstuff) June 17, 2019
Identified by incoming technical director Edu and head of recruitment Francis Cagigao, Martinelli is one of the top rising stars in Brazil.
He made his professional debut in March 2018 at the tender age of 16, becoming Ituano’s youngest debutant of the 21st century.
At just 17-year-old he was promoted to Ituano’s senior team this season and helped guide his side to the quarter-final stage of the 2019 Campeonato Paulista, and was the club’s top goalscorer with six goals.
He won the Campeonato Paulista Best Newcomer award and was also named in the Campeonato Paulista Team of the Year.
Trials at Barcelona and Man Utd
The young Brazilian had a trial with Manchester United in 2017 when J
He Started His Career With a Futsal Side
Martinelli started his career with Corinthians but made his debut for the club’s futsal side before he made his first professional football appearance.
Futsal is a five-a-side variant of football that is predominantly played on indoor hard courts in which there are unlimited substitutions.
While this may seem a peculiar career path in Europe, in Brazil and some others parts of South America futsal is hugely popular.
Martinelli looks to have benefitted from this and Arsenal fans will hope that he can showcase some of the flair he has gained from futsal at the Emirates.
He’s Already Trained With Brazil’s Senior Side
Gabriel Martinelli is looking more and more likely to be our first summer signing from Brazil!
Young winger said to be one of the rising stars in Brazilian football, very exciting prospect seemingly signed for around £6 million…
Only turns 18 years old tomorrow! pic.twitter.com/57z0Ho48Vp
— King Laca (@Lacazest) 17 June 2019
A sign of Martinelli’s meteoric rise has been that he has already trained with Brazil’s senior team.
In May 2019 he was called up by Brazil manager Tite to help the side prepare for the
Being called up by Tite at such a young age shows how highly Martinelli is rated, and strong showings for Arsenal will surely help propel the 17-year-old into the Selecao senior side in the near future.
Source : 90min