Report: Arsenal will have to pay £43m to sign attacking prodigy likened to Angel Di Maria
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Report: Arsenal will have to pay £43m to sign attacking prodigy likened to Angel Di Maria

Arsenal have been linked with Palmeiras talent Estevao Willian in recent days.

Goal Brasil reported last week that the Gunners have made contact with the 15-year-old’s representatives over a prospective future move.

The outlet claims Arsenal and Barcelona both plan to monitor Messinho over the next two years before making official offers.

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Messinho doesn’t have a professional contract yet. But according to a fresh Goal Brasil update, this could be about to change.

The outlet – via Sport Witness – claims Palmeiras and Messinho have reached an agreement for his first professional deal.

This will reportedly include a €50m (£43m) release clause for clubs outside of Brazil.

Messinho will apparently sign this contract on April 24, when he finally turns 16.

Palmeiras have recently been sorting the sale of Endrick, with Real Madrid reportedly triggering his €60m (£51.5m) release clause.

Apparently, it was ‘suggested’ for Messinho to have an even bigger price tag, but they settled at €50m in the end.

Can Arsenal land another of Brazil’s top talents?

Arsenal struck gold three years ago when they brought Gabriel Martinelli to Arsenal from Ituano for just £6m.

The Gunners boast a sizeable Brazilian contingent, which includes sporting director Edu.

This means they’ll be very much up to date with the Brazilian market.

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Messinho appears to be one of the most highly rated youngsters in the country alongside Endrick.

Football Talent Scout recently gave him a 10/10 potential rating and likened him to Argentina icon Angel Di Maria.

However, the reported Arsenal target will not be able to play abroad until April 2025 when he turns 18. 

A lot could change in the next couple of years. So it will be very interesting to see how things develop for Messinho at Palmeiras.

However, if both Arsenal and Messinho continue on their current trajectories, then they could be a good match.

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