Arsenal joined race for 22-year-old South American forward

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Arsenal have reportedly joined Liverpool in the chase to secure services a highly-rated Ajax attacker,

The Gunners have reportedly identified £35m Ajax forward as a potential signing this summer and have identified him as a replacement for Danny Welbeck.

The 22-year-old Brazilian attacker has enjoyed an impressive season with Ajax, managing to found back of the net 10 times and laying on a further 10 assists in 35 appearences for the Eredivisie side.

That form has alerted many of Europe’s top teams, with Arsenal’s direct Premier League rivals Liverpool alongside with Barcelona and PSG have expressed interest in his signature.

Jurgen Klopp sees Neres as a potential replacement for Sadio Mane as the latest one has been rumoured with a switch to Real Madrid.

However,  according to reports on Friday, Emery’s side are ready to join the bidding for the Brazilian forward – although that would be depended on them managing to secure Champions League football next season.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly in driving seat to finalise the transfer of Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Martinelli.

South American ace who has previously had trials with Man Utd and Arsenal, has been rumoured with a host of Europe’s top teams over the last few weeks.

Currently, with Ituano, Martinelli has found back of the net 10 times in 31 games over the last two campaigns.

The Gunners are believed to have submitted a £5m bid for the attacker, and according to Yahoo in his native, there is now an agreement in place for the South American to make a move to the Emirates Stadium.

The same report, however, suggested that the Premier League giants are currently waiting for Martinelli to obtain an Italian passport, which would eliminate the need to secure a work permit.

Martinelli’s current contract with Ituano will run until 2022.