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Edu dispatches scouts as Arsenal eye another Brazilian wonderkid worth £51m

Arsenal are showing an interest in signing Gabriel Carvalho.

According to Internacional TimeLine, Arsenal are sending scouts to watch Brazilian wonderkid Gabriel Carvalho Teixeira.
The sixteen-year-old, born in 2007, is an exciting young midfield talent, who has already been valued at €60 million – roughly equivalent to £51 million.

Arsenal sporting director Edu is clearly keen to take a closer look at the player, and scouts from the north London club will be monitoring his performances in the Copa São Paulo, in which he is representing Internacional under-20s.

Arsenal are unlikely to be the only top club keeping tabs on the highly-rated youngster.
However, if Arsenal decided to seriously pursue a deal for Carvalho, they will feel that they are well placed to secure his services. Edu has great contacts in his home country, and has successfully engineered moves for talented prospects from that part of the world to come to the Emirates Stadium before.

In the summer of 2022, Arsenal snapped up winger Marquinhos from Sao Paulo. Prior to that, in 2019, they paid £6 million to secure the services of Gabriel Martinelli from Brazilian outfit Ituano. The 22-year-old is now an established first team star and a key member of Mikel Arteta’s squad.
Will Arsenal try to sign Gabriel Carvalho?

It is hard to imagine the north London club triggering Carvalho’s £51 million release clause, though. The Gunners would surely look to significantly negotiate Internacional down from that position.

Even if Edu did successfully negotiate a reasonable deal for Carvalho, he almost certainly would not become a part of Arteta’s first team squad for some time. The youngster still needs to undergo plenty of development before he’ll be ready to test himself at Premier League level. He would also need sufficient time to adapt and acclimatise to life in England.

It is unlikely that Carvalho is a priority for Arsenal at this stage. The Gunners are certainly looking for reinforcements in the middle of the park, but they are eyeing up proven targets who would come in and immediately improve Arteta’s squad. Given the club also only have a limited budget at their disposal, at this moment in time, it is unlikely that they will be willing to push hard for the Internacional starlet at this time.

It will be fascinating to see if anything comes of this scouting trip. Carvlaho is certainly a talent to watch, as he is a potential star of the future.

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