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Arsenal are among seven clubs, including potential suitors from the Premier League, reported to be interested in Brazilian teenager Reinier, according to Mundo Deportivo as relayed by Sport Witness.
The Gunners are no strangers to monitoring the next big talents across the football world. In recent weeks, we have brought you talk of potential scouting missions from Etihad chiefs on the likes of Mexico U17s’ captain, Gillingham goalkeeper Joe Walsh, and Jovan Malcolm (17) of West Brom – just to name a few. The latest name comes from Brazilian side Flamengo – Reinier.
According to the report relayed by Sport Witness, Reinier’s father has travelled to Europe to look at the potential suitors for his son. If the claims are to be believed, the 17-year-old attacking midfielder won’t be without options, with Real Madrid, Paris Saint-Germain, Juventus, and Atletico Madrid all interested, as well as the two English clubs previously mentioned.
It is worth mentioning, as discussed by the original report, that Barcelona’s interest was cut short when they were made aware of his €20m price tag – a fee that has since doubled. La Liga rivals Atletico remain the ‘most interested’ in the teenager’s signature.
The teenager now has a €70 million release clause on his name, after signing a new five-year contract extension with Brazilian side Flamengo this month, as reported by Globo Esporte.
According to statistics provided by Transfermarkt, Reinier has made 11 Brazilian Serie A appearances so far this campaign, scoring four goals and providing two assists from his usual attacking midfielder role. Not a bad return for someone of such a young age!