Arsenal 'send officials' to Portugal to wrap up Joelson Fernandes transfer


Arsenal have reportedly sent officials to Lisbon to finalise a deal for Sporting prodigy Joelson Fernandes.

The 17-year-old is heavily linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium this summer as talks over a new deal with Sporting remain at a stalemate.

Portuguese outlet O Jogo report the two parties cannot agree on a new release clause and this has attracted interest from the Gunners.

Fernandes’ current deal is believed to have a release clause of £40million but the stalled negotiations mean he could be available this transfer window for a fee of between €15million (£13.5million) and €20million (£18million).

Arsenal are in pole position to sign the up and coming winger and A Bola report the Gunners are aiming to get the deal over the line within the coming days by sending officials to negotiate with Sporting.

Arsenal are in pole position to sign Fernandes

But the Liga NOS side remain hopeful Fernandes – who last put pen to paper on a three-year deal in February 2019 – will sign an extension and have arranged for a fresh meeting to take place next week.

Fernandes – who joined Sporting’s academy at the age of 9 – is dubbed the “new Cristiano Ronaldo ” and plays for the Portugal U17 side.

The 17-year-old made his Liga NOS debut last season

At club level, he has made four appearances for the first team and has been training with the senior squad since the coronavirus-enforced lockdown.

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Most of his appearances last season came for Sporting U23, where he scored five goals and provided two assists in 28 appearances.

Mainly featuring on the left flank, naturally right-footed Fernandes can also be used on the opposite wing and is also reportedly being monitored by Bundesliga duo Borussia Dortmund and RB Leipzig.

Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta spoke last month of how his side requires investment this summer as the Gunners aim to improve on their eighth-place finish in the Premier League.

“You can see how [ Liverpool ] build their squad and there is no magic, you need to improve the squad with quality, quality players,” the Spaniard told Sky Sports .

“And we need a bigger squad to compete in this competition. That is the challenge.”

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