Arsenal have a 'phenomenal' talent who could be worth over 10 times what Edu paid for him by January - TBR View
Arsenal have struck gold in recent years when it comes to buying young talents and turning them into superstars.
The best example of such a player is Gabriel Martinelli, who the Gunners bought in 2019 for just £6million.
It became clear very quickly that the young Brazilian was a future star.
In his maiden season at Arsenal, Martinelli became the first teenager to score 10 goals in a single season since Nicolas Anelka in 1998-99.
He then fell out of favour somewhat, with Mikel Arteta preferring to let him develop.
Much like with William Saliba, the manager copped some criticism for not playing Martinelli regularly.
However, Arteta knew what he was doing. And now, Martinelli is a bona fide first-team ready, world-class player.
So much so, in fact, that the 21-year-old will now be representing Brazil at the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.
And besides Martinelli’s on-pitch qualities, the finances around the player make for great reading.
Arsenal paid a mere £6million for a player that, according to Transfermarkt, is now worth around £52.5million (€60million).
And if he shines at the World Cup, chances are his value will go past the £60million mark – 10 times what Arsenal paid for him.
Not that the Gunners would ever think of selling Martinelli (you’d think).
The ‘phenomenal‘ talent is key to the club’s chances of becoming regular Premier League and Champions League challengers again.
‘I know what I’m doing’
Martinelli’s selection has come in for some criticism in Brazil.
Former Selecao star Neto has claimed that the 21-year-old’s inclusion in Tite’s plans for Qatar 2022 is “a joke” and a “lack of respect for football”,
Speaking to ESPN Brasil after seeing questions asked of his selection, Martinelli said: “I think this is normal.
“Some people in Brazil don’t know me and it’s also normal to say that other players deserved to be there.
“But I’m pretty cool about it. I think this is normal. I know what I’m doing at my club, I know my ability and I know what I can do.
“And you can be sure that I will do my best for the Brazilian team, in whatever I can help the team I will help. It will be a great experience for me.”
Fingers crossed that, by the end of the World Cup, Martinelli will have a huge following in Brazil as he does in the red half of North London.
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