Arsenal have reportedly been watching SC Braga’s 19-year-old forward, Francisco Trincao who is apparently a ‘value’ transfer as we find ourselves back here again.
Well, it was nice when it lasted, eh?
A few years, a few big signings, but here were are back shopping around for players no-one has heard of that come with a yellow value sticker.
Of course, many a gem has turned up this way but it’s hard not to feel that more tough times lie ahead, especially with the impending loss of Sven Mislintat.
Anyway, about Trincao.
The 19-year-old (yet uncapped) Portuguese second striker is apparently being watched by Juventus and Arsenal had a scout at one of his recent games. A report from Italy claims they were watching Trincao, but a report from Portugal claims it was Braga’s opponents, Aves, who were interesting the Gunners’ scout.
With just nine appearances for Braga this season, all of which have been for the reserves, and just one assist in a little over 400 minutes, it’s hard to say Trincao is setting Portugal on fire. To be fair to him, however, he has had to contend with an ankle problem that kept him out for six weeks.
Trincao has made just two appearances for the Braga first team, totalling 32 minutes. He has six goals and six assists in 46 for Braga B after his promotion from the u17s in 2016. A product of their youth academy, Trincao joined in 2011 when he was just 12.
Under contract until 2023 after signing a new deal in September, he is currently priced at around £7m.