Arsenal keep a close eye on 19-year-old South American midfielder

The London giants main priority going into the summer will be trying to keep Martin Odegaard around on a permanent deal, but they still need to find other reinforcements for the midfield.

Dani Ceballos should be returning to Real Madrid so a replacement is needed for him too, and talks have been opened with the representatives of Matheus Martinelli.

He’s not a relation of Gabriel Martinelli but he’s another super-talented Brazilian teenager who looks set to have a huge career in the game, and that’s reflected with his possible price tag of £35m.

Martinelli currently plays in Brazil with Fluminense where he’s starting to break into the senior side, but he can’t be considered as a regular at this point.

That price tag is clearly based on the immense potential that he has rather than what he’s shown so far, so it would be a risk for Arsenal if they’re looking for him to come in and start straight away.

It’s a deal that could look more exciting if Martin stays and he’s allowed to slowly work his way into the team in a similar way to his namesake Gabriel, but it’s also a major outlay when you consider that the squad has several needs going into the summer.