Arsenal chief Edu could repeat Gabriel Martinelli transfer for Brazilian ‘phenomenon’

Arsenal: Arteta urges caution over Martinelli's development

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Arsenal are reportedly monitoring 17-year-old Brazilian defender Kaiky Fernandes. Kaiky has already made seven first-team appearances for Santos despite only turning 17 in January this year.

Arsenal technical director and former Brazil midfielder Edu has returned to his home country before to sign a youngster and could be about to pull off a similar deal.

The Gunners bought Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano in the summer of 2019 for a fee of around £6million.

Martinelli was 18 at the time and has quickly become one of the most promising members of the first-team squad at the Emirates.

Arsenal continue to look to build for the future and Kaiky is the latest target linked with the club.

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Goal Brazil say Arsenal and Ajax are tracking Kaiky, with the interest going no further than observation at the moment.

Kaiky is seen as a ‘phenomenon’ at Santos and they have put a release clause in his contract of around £61m.

The report also says he cannot leave Santos until he turns 18 next January.

Arsenal look set to be in the market for a defender, with David Luiz set to leave the club at the end of his contract in the summer.

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Experienced duo Shkodran Mustafi and Sokratis Papastathopoulos were allowed to leave in January.

William Saliba and Konstantinos Mavropanos are both set to return to the Emirates this summer following their respective loans away from the club.

On Martinelli, Arteta recently explained why the forward has not been getting regular match action.

“That [people calling for Martinelli to play] I understand,” Arteta said.

“When the team is not winning enough football matches, we always look for someone else to do it. But we can name a few of those.

“I respect that, and Gabi is doing really well. He is doing better every day, he is getting the right development.

“We have to be a little bit patient with him but he has a bright future at the club and he will have all the opportunities that he needs to show us how good he is and the career he can have with us.

“Gabi has a lot of things to improve. He has got big qualities as well, and we have other players in those positions.

“Then we have to create links within the team and balance within the team. This will come.”

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