The teenage forward completes his long-awaited move to north London from Ituano in his homeland of Brazil
Arsenal have completed the signing of Gabriel Martinelli from Ituano, the Premier League club have announced.
Martinelli, the teenage forward, joins from the side playing in Brazil’s fourth division having caught the eye with some impressive performances.
The 18-year-old has signed a long-term contract with the Gunners, and becomes their first signing of the summer.
“Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli is joining us from Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract,” an Arsenal statement read.
“The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes.
“Gabriel will shortly join up with his new team mates for pre-season training.”
Martinelli joins Arsenal despite playing just 34 times for Ituano, with the Gunners reportedly paying around £6million for his services.
He made his first-team debut last March, at the age of 16 years and nine months, to become Ituano’s youngest debutant this century.
Over the following year, he netted 10 goals in his 34 senior appearances, and was voted as 2019’s best newcomer in the Campeonato Paulista, Sao Paulo’s state championship
He added a countryside player of the year award, and was also named in the competitions team of the year.
Despite his lack of reputation across the globe, Martinelli has been rated among top European clubs for quite a while.
He has previously spent time on trial with Manchester United, Real Madrid and Barcelona, and his eye-catching performances earned him a place in Brazil’s training camp for the Copa America in May.