Arsenal are interested in a move for Fluminese striker Marcos Paulo, who has a £40 million release clause in his contract according to TEAMtalk.

The report also claims that The Gunners are joined by Leeds, Southampton, Watford and West Ham in the race for the striker’s signature

Mikel Arteta has wasted no time in strengthening his squad this summer, and Paulo would certainly add additional strength to the attacking options, albeit it would be an expensive one for a teenager.

Paulo, who was born in Brazil, has chosen to represent Portugal at the youth international level, qualifying for the European nation via his grandfather, a factor which would make obtaining a work permit a far easier prospect.

Whilst £40 million isn’t as a big a fee as it once may have been regarded, for a relatively unknown 19-year-old, who to date has only played a handful of professional matches, it’s a fee which presents still a sizeable gamble.

The Emirates squad already boasts a 19-year-old Brazilain born attacker in Gabriel Martinelli, who had impressed massively prior to his long-term injury lay-off.

Arteta clearly isn’t finished perfecting his squad, although this deal still remains some way off for now.

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