New Arsenal technical director Edu Gaspar pushed for the club to sign Real Madrid’s Vinicius Junior over the summer, according to reports in Brazil.
Brazilian outlet UOL report that two clubs made advances for the left-winger over the summer, PSG through Leonardo Araujo and Arsenal via Edu Gaspar. Both attempted transfers were immediately blocked by Florentino Perez and Real Madrid.
19-year-old Vinicius Junior has been a regular in the Real Madrid team since joining last summer. He’s made 39 appearances (23 starts), scoring seven goals and assisting a further 13.
The winger experiencing a bit of a downturn in form at the moment, but he has the chance to pick himself up with his national team after a call-up for Brazil, one of the fan favourites for UK betting.
Realistically, it’s difficult to imagine Arsenal convincing Real to sell at this stage. Vinicius has a contract all the way to 2025, and he’s only 19 years old playing in possibly the biggest club in the world.
There’s very little certainty around the Gunners’ left-wing spot at the moment.
Reiss Nelson, Gabriel Martinelli, Bukayo Saka and Emile Smith Rowe are all options, in addition to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang playing out of position, but no one player has really nailed it down yet.
After the big-money sale of Alex Iwobi this summer, it’s not out of the question for Arsenal to look to make a new signing on that side, it just seems very unlikely that will be Vinicius. An older, more experienced signing would make more sense and probably be more achievable too.