However, his stunning climb could be set to continue after reports emerged talking about his international future. According to O Globo (via Sport Witness), Brazil’s national team coordinator Juninho Paulista has travelled to London to hold talks with the 18-year-old. It’s being claimed that manager Tite wants the player in the first team, hence why the former Middlesbrough man has been sent to the UK.
The news has come out after reports emerged claiming that the youngster, who holds an Italian passport, is yet to choose whether he will represent the country of his birth or the European nation (via football.london). It’s easy to see why the two countries are competing for Martinelli’s pledge of allegiance after a run of form which has seen the attacker score 10 goals and provide four assists in just 23 appearances across all competitions (via Transfermarkt). Fans were left feeling excited by the news concerning the South Americans as they took to Twitter to react.
Here are some of the tweets:
Neymar losing his starting spot to Gabi. You love to see it.
— LacaZte. (@LacaZte) February 12, 2020
— Jnr (@alamin_uwais) February 12, 2020
— charlie (@CrjsxAFC) February 12, 2020
Firmino/Jesus losing their starting spot to Martinelli, you just love to see it https://t.co/PjRW4ZhqBA
— 🇳🇴 (@ClinicalPEA) February 13, 2020
And with that his value is actually rocketing https://t.co/l1HoUJgn8B
— Emmanuel “Arteta” LAINE (@TriboKing) February 12, 2020
SIUUUUUUU MY STAR BOY
— J1🇩🇿 (@arshxvin) February 12, 2020
Arsenal fans, which of the two countries should Martinelli choose to play for? Join the discussion below!
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