Brazil sensation Gabriel Martinelli has dropped hint at a move to Arsenal by following the North London club on social media ahead of a prospective £6.5million move to the Emirates Stadium.
The North London club have tracked the 17-year-old attacker for the last 18 months after the head of international recruitment Francis Cagigao flagged up the forward’s potential.
Martinelli qualifies for Italy through his Father’s citizenship and will therefore not need a work permit to complete his move to the North London club.
The Gunners have reportedly already agreed on a fee with Ituano FC and Martinelli started to follow the North London club on their’ Instagram account.
Gabriel Martinelli followed Arsenal on Instagram last night. Rumours suggest we’ll sign him when he turns 18 on June 18th. pic.twitter.com/nxy3JC8Vi9
— Dan Critchlow (@afcDW) June 11, 2019
It’s unclear whether the Brazilian wonderkid will go straight into Unai Emery’s starting lineup or whether the striker will have to bide his time to breakthrough.
The Gunners transfer budget is expected to be a modest £45m in the summer and Emery will consider selling some players to raise funds in order to sign quality players.
The Spaniard has confirmed after the Norht London club’ Europa League final loss to Chelsea that there would be exit as a result of the team’s failure to qualify for the Champions League football.
‘Our idea is to continue to carry on and improve with the young players that have arrived,’ Emery said.
‘Maybe some players need to leave but it’s not the moment to speak about that.’
‘We have the possibility for a lot of players to improve. We have young players getting the first experience of a final and I am positive for our future with young players getting better in our way.
‘I am very proud of our work, not very proud to not achieve our target, but proud of our work because I think the players did all they could to achieve our target and we are closer to other teams.
‘The next year we can continue with the same team with some players coming to help us get better’