According to reports, Barcelona, a La Liga powerhouse, is keeping tabs on Gabriel Martinelli, a striker for Arsenal who has been in fine form at the World Cup
Gabriel Martinelli is now on Barcelona’s radar, according to the Spanish daily SPORT. During the 2022 FIFA World Cup, the Catalan giants will be keeping a careful eye on his play. And they already have a solid connection with the entourage of the in-form Arsenal striker.
The Brazilian international has scored five goals and assisted on two more in 20 games played. Furthermore, Martinelli has already made his impact at the highest level by playing three times for Brazil in the 2022 FIFA World Cup. In addition, Barcelona has taken notice of the player because of his improvement.
Barcelona looking to steal the Arsenal player
Barcelona boosted the attacking unit considerably in the two transfer windows this year. Ferran Torres, Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Robert Lewandowski, and Raphinha were all new additions to the Blaugrana. Ansu Fati has made a full recovery, and Ousmane Dembele has pledged his future to Barcelona.
The future of Memphis Depay is clouding Barcelona’s ability to sign a wide attacker in the next season. Depay wants to leave Barcelona in the next transfer window. However, the Blaugrana will be unable to afford a star striker this coming season.
What will Arsenal do?
With this in mind, Martinelli is now a realistic option to pursue during the next summer transfer window. As his contract with Arsenal enters its last year next summer, the Catalan giants are keeping a careful eye on his future. However, the Brazilian international is deep into contract negotiations with Arsenal.
It’s doubtful that Barcelona would be short of options to fill up the vast areas of their assault. And new information connects them to Cody Gakpo. After developing a positive rapport with Martinelli’s entourage, Barcelona will attempt to lure him away from Arsenal. After receiving attention from many major clubs, the 21-year-old’s decision to remain with Arsenal is intriguing.
Now, we have to wait and see if Barcelona does make a bid for Martinelli. But, if they do manage to get him, it will be a big and effective signing for them. However, Arsenal will definitely feel the loss of the player. So, the Gunners will definitely want to stop this move from happening. Only time will tell that! Let’s wait and watch what unfolds.