Arsenal have done some good business in this transfer window, with new centre-back Gabriel Magalhaes keeping a clean sheet and also scoring on his Premier League debut against Fulham on Saturday.
However, it seems like Mikel Arteta is still keen on strengthening the Gunners’ squad, and one of their transfer targets might be quite hard to acquire as various sides are also keeping tabs on the player.
According to TEAMtalk, the Gunners are monitoring young star Marcos Paulo, who plays in Brazil for Fluminese. Fellow Premier League sides Southampton and Leeds United are also monitoring the 19-year-old, as well as Championship side Watford.
However, West Ham United seem to be the most interested as they have made an approach for the centre-forward. He currently has a release clause of €40m (£36.88m) in his contract.
The Portuguese attacker has made 48 appearances for Fluminese and has a decent goal contribution record as he has managed eight goals and eight assists in those games, per Transfermarkt. He is also making his way up the youth ranks of Portugal as he has played three games for the under-18 side and scored three goals. He has now moved up to the under-19 side, for whom he has played four games and scored once.
It looks like the Gunners will have to act quickly if they want to acquire the player, as they face a lot of competition for him. It is interesting that the north London side are interested in a young forward as it could be a case of looking for a future successor to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang.
The 31-year-old striker is seemingly close to signing a contract extension at the club, and he has been a great talisman for Arsenal as he has scored 72 goals in 111 appearances for the Gunners, per Transfermarkt. However, he is not getting any younger and they may need to identify possible future replacements to bolster the squad, and they might see Paulo as a potential successor to the Gabon marksman.
Aubameyang would duly be a hard act to follow and only time will tell if the Gunners make an approach like West Ham or whether they will look elsewhere.
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