This article is part of Football FanCast’s Transfer Focus series, which provides opinion and analysis on recent transfer news…
Arsenal are showing an interest in signing 17-year-old attacking midfielder Reinier from Flamengo, but will face competition for his signature.
This is due to the fact that European giants such as Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint Germain are interested in signing him, while Premier League champions Manchester City are also looking at the youngster – a deal will reportedly cost €40m (£34m), though his release clause is €70m (£60m).
The teenager has started 6 games since making his debut, coming on for 5 substitute appearances, scoring 4 goals and assisting twice.
Having already signed Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano in the summer, the fact Arsenal are interested in signing Reinier offers an insight into the club’s transfer policy under Edu.
The former Gunners player joined the north London club in the summer as their Director of Football, having also fulfilled the role at Corinthians.
Martinelli, a Brazilian teenager signed from the South American nation’s elite division, is already showing early signs that he can be a success, scoring 7 goals in his first 9 appearances as an Arsenal player, which led Jurgen Klopp to praise Edu for finding him.
The Liverpool manager suggested the club’s extensive scouting system missed the talent, which shows the Arsenal man has the potential to tap into untouched markets in his homeland.
The latest prospective move for a Brazilian Serie A youngster implies that a trend could be emerging at Arsenal, one which could see the club acquiring some of the best young talents from Edu’s homeland.