Arsenal have allegedly had a second bid for Sporting CP starlet Joelson Fernandes rejected by the Portuguese giants.

The 17-year-old made his Liga NOS debut following the division’s restart in the wake of the coronavirus pandemic, and Fernandes also notched up five goals and two assists in the national U23 League last term.

The teenager’s showings have supposedly attracted the interest of the Gunners, but according to A Bola, the north Londoners are still falling short of Sporting’s asking price.

The report states that Sporting are not budging on the attacker’s €45m (£40.6m) release clause, and the Gunners originally saw their initial bid of €20m (£18.0m) swiftly snubbed.

Now, the Gunners are said to have come back with an improved offer, but the Emirates Stadium outfit have been rebuffed once again by Sporting – although Arsenal would be ready to trigger Joelson’s release clause if the winger was considering proposals from elsewhere.

Bundesliga giants Borussia Dortmund and Andrea Pirlo’s Juventus are also understood to be keeping a close eye on developments.

Meantime, Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their search for a new shot-stopper amid concerns over the length of Bernd Leno’s injury layoff.

Emiliano Martinez has deputised in between the sticks in Bernd’s absence, and while the Argentine has produced a string of impressive displays, manager Mikel Arteta supposedly wants to make contingency plans for the start of the new campaign.

According to The Sun, the Gunners have requested further tests on the star’s injury and are keen to sign a new keeper to act as cover for Martinez in time for the 2020-21 term.