Reports: Milan and Barcelona keen on 21-year-old winger Arsenal could cash in on

By Oliver Fisher -

AC Milan are continuing to tackle the issue of Rafael Leao’s renewal and they have been forced to think about replacements for if they are forced to sell, reports claim.

A report from our colleagues at CaughtOffside writes that Milan are ‘looking to rival Barcelona’ in their pursuit of Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli, as a potential replacement for Leao if the club were to have to part with him.

They cite Spanish outlet SPORT who recently reported that Barcelona have been watching the 21-year-old in action for Brazil at the World Cup but their financial issues means that a deal is unlikely.

They also cite Calciomercatoweb who report that Milan are considering Martinelli as a replacement for Leao should he depart in January or next summer. However, a big fee would be needed as the forward has become a key player under Mikel Arteta, having amassed 7 goal contributions in 14 Premier League appearances this term.

GOAL meanwhile state that Arsenal signed Martinelli for a fee of just £6m (around €7m) so they might just cash in if the offer was big enough and then use those funds to sign the next talent from South America.

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  1. Cmon be realistic. PL first team players on long contracts are sooooo expensive. He’d be a decent Leao replacement but would arguably cost the same , plus I’m not sure he’d chose us anyway I think he’s very comfortable and settled in North London.

    Arsenal also seem like a team on the way up, even challenging for the title. This doesn’t seem like a plausible transfer.

  2. We need Martinelli for as long as it takes, selling him will only get our fans really upset, as we are pushing for the premiership title. We have waited for a decade and we are in a strong position to bring the title to the emirates.

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