Arsenal reach verbal agreement to sign Gabriel Martinelli

first_imgArsenal have agreed a deal for Gabriel Martinelli (middle)Arsenal have won the race to sign Ituano forward Gabriel Martinelli, according to reports in Brazil.Martinelli, 17, who has scored ten goals in 31 games for Sao Paulo-based outfit Ituano, had a trial with Manchester United back in 2017 and even played in a youth match against Lincoln City.While United rejected the chance to sign Martinelli, the youngster’s recent form has caught the attention of a host of clubs from around Europe, including Arsenal.According to Yahoo Esportes in Brazil, Arsenal have beaten 25 other teams to Martinelli’s signature after reaching a verbal agreement for the sought-after teenager.ADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe report claims the Gunners are just waiting for Martinelli to obtain an Italian passport which is expected to happen within four weeks – and this is when the move will be made official.AdvertisementAdvertisementArsenal have agreed to pay around €6million (£5m) for Martinelli. Palmeiras, Flamengo, Leeds United, Middlesbrough and Barcelona were among the clubs also interested in the striker. Advertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterFriday 29 Mar 2019 8:10 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link1.5kShares Martinelli had a trial with Manchester United two years agoMartinelli’s agent, Marcos Casseb, recently admitted that the attacker had plans to join a top European club.‘To be honest we expected this to happen,’ Casseb told Globo Esporte when asked about the growing interest in Martinelli.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves‘His evolution since last year is very fast, he is above average.‘The initial planning is for him to go straight to Europe.’center_img Emery previews Arsenal’s game against NewcastleTo view this video please enable JavaScript, and consider upgrading to a web browser that supports HTML5 video Play VideoLoaded: 0%0:00Progress: 0%PlayMuteCurrent Time 0:00/Duration Time 10:34FullscreenEmery previews Arsenal’s game against Newcastle is a modal window.Beginning of dialog window. Escape will cancel and close the window.TextColorWhiteBlackRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentBackgroundColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyOpaqueSemi-TransparentTransparentWindowColorBlackWhiteRedGreenBlueYellowMagentaCyanTransparencyTransparentSemi-TransparentOpaqueFont Size50%75%100%125%150%175%200%300%400%Text Edge StyleNoneRaisedDepressedUniformDropshadowFont FamilyProportional Sans-SerifMonospace Sans-SerifProportional SerifMonospace SerifCasualScriptSmall CapsReset restore all settings to the default valuesDoneClose Modal DialogEnd of dialog window.MORE: Hirving Lozano ‘dreams’ of playing for Manchester United, claims Pachuca president Arsenal reach verbal agreement to sign Gabriel Martinelli Advertisementlast_img read more