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'He's a star, a phenomenon': Gabriel Jesus utterly blown away by reported Arsenal target
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'He's a star, a phenomenon': Gabriel Jesus utterly blown away by reported Arsenal target

Arsenal have been linked with Palmeiras prodigy Endrick this year.

Back in February, BBC Sport – via – claimed the Gunners were scouting the young forward.

And in July, Metro reported that Arsenal were one of many top clubs hoping to sign Endrick.

As well as the Gunners, the likes of Liverpool, Chelsea, Manchester United, Real Madrid, Barcelona and PSG are in pursuit.

Now, Arsenal striker Gabriel Jesus has become the latest to sing Endrick’s praises.

“I’ve been following Endrick a lot,” the Gunners and Brazil star – formerly of Palmeiras – told ESPN.

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“During the time I was training at the Academy when I was coming back from injury, Zé Roberto introduced us.

“Then I saw him on the field… Wow, he’s a star! A phenomenon!

“He’s 16 now, right? I, with 15 years, was in the floodplain, he is in the professional/

“I’m really rooting for him. I think Palmeiras is doing well to put him in training and take him to games.

“I remember when I was 17 and I went to a game against Atlético-MG, for the Copa do Brasil, with (coach Ricardo) Gareca.

“Just being on the bench, it was a top experience. Just having that feeling that I could get into the game, it was the best.”

‘Very special talent’

Endrick has quickly made a name for himself as one of the most exciting youngsters in world football.

He’s yet to debut for the Palmeiras senior team, but has made a couple of matchday squads.

Even Gary Lineker has lauded Endrick’s talent, taking to Twitter earlier this year to label him a “very special talent”.

Endrick reportedly has a €60m (£50.7m) release clause in his contract.

However, he must turn 18 before he is eligible to complete a move to Europe.

Links with Gabriel Martinelli

As per, Endrick’s advisor, Frederico Pena, is chief executive of TFM, the same agency that works with Gabriel Martinelli.

In an interview with BBC Sport, Pena said that the Arsenal man’s path is proving a point of reference for Endrick’s personal development.

“We’ve got two examples in Vinicius Jr and Martinelli and we talk a lot about them, showing him what their daily routine is like, how they handled adversities and also took care of their bodies,” Pena said.

“It was very complicated for both of them to get where they are now. Vinicius went through difficult moments at Real Madrid, where after doing a lot of stuff and it seeming like he’d made it, he found himself out of matchday squads.

“Martinelli, too, may be back starting games again, but he spent almost a year at Arsenal without regular football. So we explain to him that it doesn’t matter if you’re a top-class player, you’ll still have to work twice as hard.”

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