Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli’s impressive start to the season has attracted interest from several clubs, including Chelsea.
Mjblog understands that there have been ‘admiring glances’ at Martinelli from Arsenal’s top-four rivals in recent months.
Martinelli’s current deal runs until 2024, with the option of a further year, and Arsenal has made attempts to tie him down for even longer.
The 21-year-old moved to north London in 2019 from Ituano, shortly after fellow Brazilian Edu Gaspar joined the club as a director. Edu is said to be extremely close with the forward, who has since gone on to be captained by Brazil’s senior squad and has even won Olympic gold out in Tokyo with his nation.
According to reports, Chelsea is not perturbed by the youngster’s love of the club and is monitoring his situation at the Emirates Stadium.
Manchester City and Liverpool are both said to hold an interest in Martinelli, too, with Jurgen Klopp calling the Brazilian, “a talent of the century”.
Arsenal is likely to open contract talks for Martinelli alongside other key starlets William Saliba and Bukayo Saka, who are both due for improved deals.