Arsenal are one of the clubs with an interest in 20-year-old Brazil centre-forward Brenner, according to reports in Italy last month.

Brazil's Sao Paulo Brenner (C) and Argentina's Lanus Leonel Di Placido (R) vie for the ball during their closed-door Copa Sudamericana second round football match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 4, 2020. (Photo by ANDRE PENNER/AFP via Getty Images)
Sao Paulo’s Brenner (C) and Argentina’s Lanus Leonel Di Placido (R) vie for the ball during their closed-door Copa Sudamericana second round football match at Morumbi Stadium in Sao Paulo, Brazil, on November 4, 2020. (Photo by ANDRE PENNER/AFP via Getty Images)

Calciomercato.it reported that Arsenal joined the likes of Ajax, Juventus, Lazio, AC Milan, and Paris Saint-Germain in following young Brazilian forward Brenner.

The player is of particular interest to European clubs because he has the potential to get an Italian passport through his maternal ancestry. If you remember, that’s the same way Gabriel Martinelli avoided needing a work permit to join Arsenal.

Brenner has 18 goals and three assists in 31 appearances for Sao Paulo this year. He’s represented his country at various youth levels, but he’s still waiting for a senior call-up. It’s fair to say there’s quite a bit of competition in the Brazil national team.

Brenner in demand

LANUS, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 28: Brenner of Sao Paulo celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during a second round match of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 between Lanus and Sao Paulo at Estadio Ciudad de Lanus (La Fortaleza) on October 28, 2020. (Photo by Agustin Marcarian-Pool/Getty Images)
LANUS, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 28: Brenner of Sao Paulo celebrates after scoring the second goal of his team during a second round match of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 between Lanus and Sao Paulo at Estadio Ciudad de Lanus (La Fortaleza) on October 28, 2020. (Photo by Agustin Marcarian-Pool/Getty Images)

With three goals since Brenner was first linked in November, it’s no surprise the transfer rumours have surfaced. As a strong finisher who can hold onto the ball well, and is a threat in the air despite his 5’9″ height, you can understand why Arsenal are in the mix too.

Brenner reportedly has a €50m release clause for clubs from abroad, but Sao Paulo could negotiate a lower fee. With under two years left on his contract, it’s starting to reach the point where they need to cash in or extend.

How much would Brenner cost?

LANUS, ARGENTINA - OCTOBER 28: Brenner of Sao Paulo celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during a second round match of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 between Lanus and Sao Paulo at Estadio Ciudad de Lanus (La Fortaleza) on October 28, 2020 in Lanus, Argentina. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko-Pool/Getty Images)
LANUS, ARGENTINA – OCTOBER 28: Brenner of Sao Paulo celebrates after scoring the first goal of his team during a second round match of Copa CONMEBOL Sudamericana 2020 between Lanus and Sao Paulo at Estadio Ciudad de Lanus (La Fortaleza) on October 28, 2020 in Lanus, Argentina. (Photo by Natacha Pisarenko-Pool/Getty Images)

According to transfermarkt, the forward, who can also play at number 10 and on the left wing, is valued at just £1.17m.

He is currently contracted to Sao Paulo until the end of 2022.

How much did Arsenal pay for Gabriel Martinelli?

Gabriel Martinelli signs his contract for Arsenal. Highbury House Boardroom. Emirates Stadium, 27/6/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.
Gabriel Martinelli signs his contract for Arsenal. Highbury House Boardroom. Emirates Stadium, 27/6/19. Credit : Arsenal Football Club / David Price.

The Brazilian forward was Arsenal’s first transfer of the summer 2019 window but how much did Arsenal pay for Gabriel Martinelli?

Martinell’s’ arrival was expected with the deal completed long before this announcement. He was supposed to cost around €7.5m but it seems as if Arsenal have managed to land him for just over €6m, although he no doubt arrived with a large sell-on clause in his five-year contract, which has since been renewed.

  • Full name: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
  • Age: 19 (18 June, 2001)
  • Birthplace: Guarulhos, Brazil
  • Nationality: Brazilian (but could represent Italy)
  • Height: 5ft 11 (1.8m)
  • Shirt number: 35
  • Signed on: 2 July, 2019
  • Signed until: 30 June, 2024
  • Transfer fee: £6.03m
  • Wages: £1.1m-per-year, £21k-per-week
  • Nickname: Gab

Speaking to the Arsenal site after signing, Martinelli said, “It is a dream since I was a child and also my family’s dream for me to be playing in Europe and playing for a big team like Arsenal. I am going to take this opportunity.”

The reason for holding off with his announcement was likely to do with the new kit being launched on 1 July. If Arsenal had announced him before, he would have had to pose in the Puma kit.

Arsenal scouts watched the player a lot and held conversations with him back in February 2019. Martinelli spoke to other Premier League clubs at the same time, but none of them were apparently as convincing as Arsenal.

Martinelli caught the eye in last year’s Campeonato Paulista, when he scored six goals and assisted three in 14 appearances. That put him just one goal off the competition’s top scorer and two assists off the top assist provider, despite his young age.

It’s a different prospect playing at the top level in English football, but Arsenal’s scouting team are were clearly convinced he had the talent, soemthing we’ve all seen for ourselves.

Martinelli’s move was reportedly connected to Edu’s arrival later the same month as technical director.

From what we’ve seen so far, you’d be hard pushed to say they were wrong.