Arsenal are reportedly looking to make an offer for highly-rated Flamengo teenager Reinier Jesus.
The Brazil sensation is regarded as one of the most exciting young midfielders in the world and manager Unai Emery is desperate to bring the South American to the Emirates, Tuttomercatoweb report.
The 17-year-old Reinier who has captained his country at youth level, has an exit clause in his contract worth a staggering £60m.
The creative midfielder plays with style and elegance and has been dubbed a ‘Kakaclone’ after Brazil and AC Milan’s former Ballon d’Or winner.
However, Jesus revealed he grew up idolising and aiming to emulate a different midfield legend.
“I’m heavily inspired by Zidane,” Reinier said. “I’ve watched a lot of videos on the internet of him playing. I’m always trying to execute plays like he did.”
It is unlikely Gunners will be able to afford his release clause, however, considering the fact that they will allegedly have a transfer kitty of just £40m this summer transfer window.
The Gunners finished the fifth in the Premier League table and in their last chance of qualifying for the UEFA Champions League, the UEFA Europa League final, Emery’s men were beaten 4-1 by Chelsea to face a third successive campaign outside Europe’s top competition.
Meanwhile, Brighton are understood to be in advanced negotiations to land Genk forward and long-term Arsenal target Leandro Trossard, According to Sky Sports News
The 24-year-old star has previously been courted by Gunners but the Seagulls are now poised to procure his signature in what could be a club-record deal, according to a sports TV channel Sky Sports.
Arsenal management are reportedly desperate to increase the summer transfer market budget and will try to offload Mesut Ozil to give the Club a financial boost.
The 30-year-old star experienced a difficult campaign last year, as not only was he limited to 35 matches across all competitions as Mesut struggled to hold down a starting berth sometimes, but he registered just six goals and three assists.
For a midfielder of his quality, that simply is not good enough and Gunners will feel as though they undoubtedly need more from the German if they are to break back into the Top 4 in the Premier League moving forward.
However, according to a British tabloid The Sun, their preference may well be to sell Mesut, as it’s claimed that they are desperate to increase the touted £45 million transfer budget currently in place for the summer by selling him to bring in a possible £30 million fee, and also getting his £350,000-a-week salary off the wage bill will make a significant difference too.
That, in turn, would perhaps give Gunners more financial flexibility when tabling contracts to targets, although normally for that kind of money and with not enough in return during the past 12 months.
It will certainly be a difficult task to reach an agreement with any interested club as few will be able, or willing, to meet those figures.
However, it remains to be seen if the north London heavyweights are forced to keep Mesut on and hope that he can deliver the next campaign.
AC Milan have made versatile Arsenal midfielder Lucas Torreira their number one target this summer and are reportedly planning to offer Franck Kessie as part of the deal.
The Uruguayan star only moved to the Emirates the previous year in a £26m move from Serie A side Sampdoria and enjoyed a strong debut campaign, though revealed last week that he has struggled to adapt to life in England.
Lucas’ old Sampdoria manager Marco Giampaolo could offer an escape route, having made the 23-year-old star his ‘dream’ signing as the Italian prepares to take charge at Rossoneri.
According to Gazzetta dello Sport, AC Milan haven’t been put off by Gunners’ stance that Torreira isn’t for sale and have already got in touch with his entourage to discuss the feasibility of a deal.
Rossoneri’s move is boosted by the fact that his girlfriend, Vittoria Repetto is not enjoying life in the British capital and would like to return to Italy.
Any deal for Lucas would require AC Milan to stump up around £40 million to tempt Arsenal to sell, though the Italian outfit could lower the sum by including a player in the deal.
According to Tuttosport, Franck is the player Giampaolo is willing to cash in on: either in a trade with Gunners or to another side to raise funds to bring the South American in.
The Gunners have been connected with Kessie before, dating back to his time at Italian giants Atalanta, and is valued at around £35 million himself, while he’s said to be keen on testing himself in the English top-flight.