Arsenal scouts have been watching 19-year-old Matheus Martinelli of Fluminense this season, as they consider a formal offer.

RIO DE JANEIRO - 24.01.2021: Matheus Babi and Martinelli during Fluminense vs Botafogo held at the So Janurio Stadium for the 32nd round of the Brazilian Championship. Photo: Celso Pupo / Fotoarena
RIO DE JANEIRO – 24.01.2021: Matheus Babi and Martinelli during Fluminense vs Botafogo held at the So Janurio Stadium for the 32nd round of the Brazilian Championship. Photo: Celso Pupo / Fotoarena

Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte report that scouts from Manchester United and Arsenal have been in contact with Matheus Martinelli’s camp in recent days, enquiring about his contract length, release clause, and so on.

For what it’s worth, Globo Esporte claim Martinelli has a deal to 2024 and a €40m release clause.

If Arsenal think that’s feasible, they could look to unite Matheus with Gabriel Martinelli in North London. For the time being, Gabriel remains the only Martinelli in top-tier English football, and for the best Premier League betting sites, these guys have you covered.

Matheus Martinelli is a 19-year-old midfielder who recently made his breakthrough into the Fluminense side. He made his first Brasileiro Serie A start in late November, and he’s already up to 16 appearances in the few months since then.

The teenager has three goals, one assist, and a Serie A pass accuracy of 88%. As a primarily defensive-minded midfielder, he’s also made an average of 2.1 tackles and 2.1 interceptions per 90 minutes in Brazilian league football.

Matheus Martinelli with Fluminense. Photo: Lucas Merçon / Fluminense FC
Matheus Martinelli with Fluminense. Photo: Lucas Merçon / Fluminense FC

Those who watch the player regularly report that he still needs to add a bit more physicality to his game and work on his aerial duels, but his talent and technique is clear to see, as well as his intelligent reading of the game.

Brazilian-based journalist Peter Arnholdt reports that Martinelli is a modern defensive midfielder who works both ways on the pitch. He can drop off and build the play from deep, evading pressure, but he can also support attacks when called upon.

It would be rather amusing to see two Martinellis at Arsenal, especially given it isn’t a particularly common name in football outside of Italy and Brazil. But stranger things have happened.

Some of you may remember that Globo Esporte were actually one of the first outlets to report on Gabriel Martinelli’s move to Arsenal back in 2019.

Before the story had even really reached the English media, GE were claiming the transfer was on the cards back in March of that year. Of course, that doesn’t necessarily mean they’ll be right on this one too, there are so many factors that go into a transfer.

Even if their information is spot on, United might end up making the larger offer and signing him instead. It’s just not one we can completely write off yet.

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