Gabriel Martinelli ‘is very close to signing a new deal at Arsenal until the summer of 2027 – in a huge blow to Barcelona who made an enquiry about the forward with 18 months left on his current contract’
- Arsenal’s Gabriel Martinelli is reportedly ready to commit his future to the club
- There had been rumoured interested from Barcelona in the Brazilian winger
- However, the youngster has now decided he wants to pen a contract extension
- Martinelli was part of the Brazil team that crashed out in the 2022 World Cup
Gabriel Martinelli is ready to commit his future to Arsenal and sign a contract extension until 2027 despite interest from abroad, according to reports.
The youngster has been a revelation for Mikel Arteta’s side this season and has become a regular name on the starting line-up for the Premier League leaders.
There had been suggestions that he may be persuaded to leave the Emirates, amid interest from Spain, but the Brazilian is now reportedly ready to extend his Arsenal deal.
Gabriel Martinelli is ready to commit his future to Arsenal according to Spanish reports
Xavi’s Barcelona had been tracking the progress of Arsenal’s Martinelli in recent weeks
According to SPORT, Martinelli feels comfortable in Arteta’s project and would like to sign a contract extension until 2027.
His current deal comes to an end in 2024 which led to interest from a number of teams across Europe – such as Barcelona.
Xavi’s side had explored the potential signing of Martinelli and followed his progress throughout the World Cup with Brazil however now look unlikely to pull off a deal.
The Catalan side also has a good relationship with the footballer’s entourage and were informed of his intentions before taking any step to sign him.
Martinelli made three appearances off the bench for his national side in the World Cup
The same outlet suggest that Gabriel Jesus injury – that may rule him out for three months – may have been a turning factor in Martinelli’s decision to stay.
He’s already registered five goals and two assists in the Premier League campaign thus far and could build on that if given a central role on the pitch.
In total, he’s scored 23 goals in 104 appearances for the Gunners since joining from Brazilian side Ituano in 2019.
The youngster is said to have found belief in Mikel Arteta’s project at the north London club
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