Gabriel Martinelli arrived at Arsenal at the start of the 19/20 season for just £6.03m so how much is Gabriel Martinelli worth now?
How much is Gabriel Martinelli worth?
The Brazilian forward was Arsenal’s first transfer of the summer of 2019 but how much did Arsenal pay for Gabriel Martinelli?
Martinell’s’ arrival was expected for a while 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 comes with a large sell-on clause in his five-year contract.
Full name: Gabriel Teodoro Martinelli Silva
Age: 18 (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
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 last season and they held conversations with him back in February. 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 this year’s Campeonato Paulista, as 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 clearly convinced he has the raw talent and his 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.
Gabriel Martinelli’s current value
In March 2021, Gabriel Martinelli was valued at £22.5m, an amount that had dropped slightly from a high of £25.2m in March, 2020 before his knee injury.
Now, he’s worth even less at just £19.8m.
His current value means he has dropped from the 273rd most valuable player in the world to 359th and the 129th in the Premier League. He remains 12th at Arsenal, and has moved from 24th amongst Brazilians across the globe to 32nd, 29th left winger in global football to 27th and 6th amongst players born in 2001, down from 4th.
Gabriel Martinelli explains why he didn’t sign for Manchester United
Gabriel Martinelli was speaking to the Daily Mail and revealed that he used to train regularly with Manchester United, so why didn’t he sign for them?
We all knew that Martinelli trained with United and that they failed to sign him but I’m not sure we realised how much he was with them.
“For three or four years, I used to practise at Manchester United,” Martinelli said. “I would come to England, usually in the middle of the year, for about 15 or 20 days.
“It was a great experience, because I could find how European players behaved, how they defend, how they attack, how fast it is in their game.
“I improved a lot and brought it all back with me to Brazil, always trying to secure my place in the team. My dream was to play in Europe and these practices in England helped me do.”
In March 2020’s edition of FourFourTwo, they had an exclusive interview with Gabriel Martinelli in which he talked Arsenal and his trial at United and why he never signed for the Old Trafford outfit.
The young Brazilian made an instant impact with Arsenal fans last season thanks to his energetic and intelligent play, helped, off course, handsomely, by his 10 goals and four assists at a rate of 104.5 minutes per goal or assist.
It could have all been so different, however, if Manchester United had bothered to make him an offer.
“There was a partnership between Ituano and Manchester United which allowed me to go there every year, for four years, to train with boys my age or older,” Martinelli told the magazine.
“That was nice, because I got a first taste of what English football was like. I met Marouane Fellaini, Patrice Evra and Paul Pogba, and made sure I got a photo with all of them.”
Four Four Two then asked the obvious question – why didn’t he sign for them? “They didn’t make an offer, so I returned to Ituano and kept doing my job there.”
It’s hard to look at Martinelli now and not wonder how any club could turn him away, but, to be honest, I don’t give a toss about that.
All I know is quite a few did, and Arsenal ended up winning as a result.