Although Arsenal have suffered defeat in their bid to signing England and Leicester City striker Jamie Vardy who has decided to stay at Liberty stadium and sign a new contract, Arsenal have not given up on signing a striker this summer.
Arsenal are reportedly in talks with the agent of Marquinhos Cipriano, who is ‘awing’ fans in Sao Paolo, Brazil with his displays on the pitch.
The 17 year-old is yet to make a senior debut for his club, however is touted as one of the most promising talents in Brazil, and is seen as a future star of his club’s first-group.
Cipriano scored 14 goals in 12 matches for his club’s under-17 side, and his club is keen on keeping the wonderkid.
Juventus are likewise in the chase to get the services of the Sao Paolo’s wonderkid but the club has been unwilling to arrange his deal, they could be compelled to lose him, because of a provision in his agreement.
The attacking midfielder is valued at £23 Million (€30 Million), and could turn into the most recent South-American to make the intense move to Europe from his country.
Gabriel Paulista is the current player in the Gunners side who is also from Brazil, and could help the adolescent to settle in London if he consents to switch.
A work license could as well be an issue for the young lad, although it could be approved on appeal, due to the fee his signature would require.
Arsenal have already completed all arrangement to sign Nigerian 18 year-old Kelechi Nwakali this summer, the only delay to his announcement, is the players’ signature which is believed to be completed as soon as the player return from International duty for his country’s Under-20 side, who face Sudan twice in July.
The wonderkid team-mate, Alexandre Pato made a move to London [Chelsea FC] from Sao Paolo in January on a temporary basis, but might return after not been able to break convincingly into the Chelsea first team.
Can Arsene pay as much as £23 Million to get a youngster of unproven qualities? Man United’s Antony Martial is a perfect example but will Professor Wenger want to take such risks? We wait to see but I don’t see it coming.