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Arsenal agree deal to sign Brazilian forward

Reports from Brazil suggest that Arsenal have agreed a deal to sign forward Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano.

That is according to UOL who report that Arsenal have won the race to sign the 17 year old, ahead of Brazilian clubs like Flamengo and Santos, as well as European rivals like Barcelona. Martinelli had a trial with Manchester United in 2017, and is now set to move to England after extensive talks between Arsenal and his representatives. One sticking point was his economic rights – Ituano wanted to keep a portion of them, but Arsenal flatly refused, and the Gunners appear to have won that argument.

A separate report indicates that Martinelli is in the process of acquiring an Italian passport before he turns 18 in June, which means that he will not face work permit issues as he finalises a move to play in England.

Martinelli can play on either wing and scored six goals earlier this year in the Campeonato Paulista, the Sao Paolo state league.

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