Footy Extras

Arsenal could make move for Real Madrid Castilla talent Cesar Gelabert

Arsenal are monitoring promising Real Madrid attacker Cesar Gelabert with a view to a possible summer transfer swoop, according to a report from Spain.

Gelabert is yet to break into Madrid’s senior team and enters the final year of his deal at the Santiago Bernabeu in June.

The 19-year-old ace can play as an attacking midfielder, on either wing or as a centre forward, and would add to the Gunners’ offensive options if he can be prised away from Madrid.

The Gunners are keeping a close eye on the Spain under-19 squad member, with manager Mikel Arteta having seen him in action against Chelsea and Arsenal youth sides, according to Spanish publication AS.

Arsenal would face stern competition for Gelabert if they do decide to move for him, however.

Borussia Dortmund and Lyon are both said to be interested in the talent, who previously scored twice in eight appearances for Spain’s U17s.

With budgets tight at the club, Arsenal will hope to have similar success by landing Cesar as they have with Gabriel Martinelli, who signed for £6 million the previous summer in a deal that now looks a bargain.

The 18-year-old South Amerian was signed from Ituano in his homeland as a player for the club’s future, but in his first season has scored three PL goals, three more in the UEFA Europa League and four in the EFL Cup.

Meanwhile, Arsenal have reportedly paid Argentinean side Independiente half a million euros after finally honouring a clause in the deal of goalkeeper Emiliano Martinez.

The keeper has established himself as No2 to Bernd Leno this term following Petr Cech’s retirement the previous summer, having featured 11 times across all competitions.