Arsenal are keen on a move for Fluminense forward Marcos Paulo, who has a £40 million exit clause in his contract, according to TEAMtalk.
The report also states that the Gunners are joined by Leeds United, Watford Southampton and West Ham United in the race for the striker’s signature
Mikel Arteta has wasted no time in bolstering his squad this summer, and Paulo would surely add additional strength to the attacking variants, albeit it would be an expensive one for a youngster.
Paulo was born in South America, Brazil but he has chosen to represent Portugal at the youth international level, qualifying for the European nation via his grandfather, a detail which would make obtaining a work permit a far easier prospect.
Whilst £40 million is not as a big a fee as it once may have been regarded, for a relatively unknown teenager, who to date has only played a handful of professional games, it’s a fee which presents still a sizeable gamble.
The Emirates roster already boasts a 19-year-old Brazilain born forward in Gabriel Martinelli, who had impressed massively before his long-term injury lay-off.
Meanwhile, Dijon shot-stopper Runar Alex Runarsson has allegedly emerged as a transfer target for Arsenal.
With Emiliano Martinez on the verge of joining Aston Villa in a £16m deal, Gunners manager Mikel Arteta is in the market for a replacement.
Throughout last week, the PL giants were linked with an approach for David Raya, who may be allowed to quit Brentford for the right price.
However, the Daily Mail states that Arsenal have made contact with Dijon over the availability of Iceland international Runarsson.