Gunners are reportedly ready to present a transfer offer for Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes. U17 Portugal international seems an exciting prospect and the London giants are now among the clubs seemingly ready to firm up their interest in him.
Fernandes has a release clause of nearly €45m, the report adds, though Liga NOS giants want to increase that to as much as €100m.
Gunners could face competition from Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig for Joelson, and Mikel Arteta’s side could really do with winning this transfer race.
It’s been a difficult campaign at the London club and it seems vital for Gunners to get their recruitment right when it comes to identifying up-and-coming talents like this.
The London giants have had some recent success in that respect with additions like Gabriel Martinelli and William Saliba, and the Portuguese winger looks another terrific prospect who could improve this squad in the near future.
The London giants doesn’t have the kind of resources of their big six rivals, so have to be smart in the transfer market if they are to climb up the table in years to come. Arsenal signed Cedric Soares from Southampton and Pablo Mari from Flamengo during the winter transfer window.