Barcelona ‘send scout to watch Brazil star Gabriel Martinelli at the World Cup – and are ready to pounce if the Arsenal forward does not renew his contract with the Gunners’
Barcelona are watching Gabriel Martinelli’s World Cup progress closely, according to reports in Spain.
The Arsenal forward has impressed in several exciting cameos for Brazil at the Qatar tournament and has been a key part of the Gunners topping the Premier League table.
And as reported by Spanish outlet Sport, the Spanish giants sent a scout to the competition to keep an eye on him, continuing their year-long monitoring of the player.
Barcelona have reportedly sent a scout to watch Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli at the World Cup
The 21-year-old forward has impressed in several exciting cameos for Tite’s Brazil in Qatar
At 21 years old, Martinelli is already a crucial cog in the Arsenal attack, with Barcelona said to be eyeing him up as a potential attacking addition given their good references of the player.
He is versatile, hard-working and has five goals in 14 Premier League appearances, marking him as a promising option with room to improve for Xavi’s side.
This summer, the six-cap international will only have 12 months left on his contract, meaning Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta may sanction a cut-price deal to prevent him leaving for nothing the following year.
Barca boss Xavi is said to be closely monitoring Martinelli’s contract situation at the Emirates
The Gunners have been trying to renew his contract and Martinelli is yet to put pen to paper on a new one.
Barcelona reportedly have a ‘very good relationship’ with the player’s camp, with Martinelli aware of their interest, and are monitoring contract developments carefully.
However, there is said to be a broad agreement between both parties for a new and improved four-year deal to keep him at the Emirates, and the former Ituano star is believed to be comfortable living in London.