The 2020/21 season is now not a million miles away from reaching its conclusion.
For most teams, there are just eight Premier League fixtures standing between themselves and the finish line at the end of another highly eventful season.
That means that clubs will be busy putting their respective plans in place ahead of next season and how they can improve in order to enjoy a more successful 2021/22 campaign.
For Arsenal, it is not likely to be any different. At the time of writing, the Gunners are 11th in the Premier League table and are in need of fresh faces being added to the squad this summer in the hope of competing higher up the ladder next season.
A new left-back is set to be at the very top of Mikel Arteta’s wish list, as will be a new central attacking-midfielder as Martin Odegaard’s loan spell at the Emirates Stadium is poised to draw to a conclusion at the end of the campaign.
But whilst strengthening the first-team will be at the very top of Arteta and technical director Edu’s to do-do list, they will also be keeping their eyes wide open in an attempt to sign some of the most exciting, upcoming talent emerging both in England and abroad in an attempt to keep the club’s youth ranks topped up with exciting potential.
And according to a report by Globo Esporte, as cited by the Metro, the Gunners have registered an interest in signing 19-year-old Brazilian midfielder Matheus Martinelli.
The youngster, who is not related to current Gunners star Gabriel, is considered as one of the most exciting talents emerging in Brazil and is going from strength-to-strength with Fluminense.
Although Arsenal, who will be looking to get back to winning ways when they travel to Bramall Lane to face Sheffield United tomorrow evening, have not made direct contact with the Brazilian outfit, they have, according to the report, spoken to the player’s representatives to try and discover if he would be interested in a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Right now, Martinelli is said to be happy at Fluminense and fully focused on his football. However, the prospect of getting the opportunity to sign for a Premier League club could turn his head and force him to think long and hard about his future.
The summer transfer window is just around the corner.
And the rumour mill is already starting to pick up speed.
Arsenal will not have a huge amount of money to spend, but Mikel Arteta will be hoping to make a number of moves, with loanee Martin Odegaard high up the list of priorities to bring in on a permanent deal.
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It is stated that Arsenal are aware of the £35million release clause he has in his contract, suggesting that they may not have pursued talks with his representatives if they did not think there was a chance of getting a deal done.
Should Arsenal fail to keep hold of Odegaard for another season or be lucky enough to land him on a permanent basis this summer, they could focus on trying to land Martinelli instead.
The 19-year-old has been making encouraging noises in Brazil and did score three times in 13 games last season.