Arsenal are reportedly targeting a move for Flamengo wonderkid Reinier Jesus as a possible replacement for Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
It was claimed earlier this month that Aubameyang is unwilling to commit his long-term future at Arsenal despite the clubs effort to tie him down to a new deal. Following these concerns over the striker, the Gunners are now supposedly in the market for potential replacements.
Red Bull Salzburg striker Erling Haaland’s name has popped up and his father has already been invited to club’s training ground. Another name that has been touted is Flamengo’s Reinier Jesus.
According to The Sun, as reported by Metro, the 17-year-old has impressed Arsenal scouts with his performances for the Brazilian side, scoring four goals and creating two in 12 league appearances so far this season.
It’s been suggested that the capture of Gabriel Martinelli over the summer could help persuade Reinier Jesus to follow him to the Emirates.
The Gunners have reportedly already made contact with the teenager’s father to discuss a possible transfer.
Reinier Jesus, who has been likened to Kaka by his manager, is a regular for Brazil at youth level and reportedly has a £35million release clause in his existing deal at Flamengo. However, the youngster is an attacking midfielder by trade, meaning he wouldn’t be a direct replacement for Aubameyang.