Arsenal appear to have found a new goalkeeper to replace veteran Petr Cech, who is nearing a club exit when his contract at the Emirates expires at the end of the season.
According to Team Talk, 18-year-old Brazilian starlet, Gabriel Brazao has been targeted by the Gunners’ recruitment team to take up the role as a backup ‘keeper, with Bernd Leno set to continue his position as the club’s first-choice shot-stopper next season.
Brazao made headlines in the 2017 u-17 World Cup, where the Brazilian won the Golden Glove award. He has since been playing for Cruzeiro after signing a permanent contract with the club last January.
But having failed to crack the first-team, Brazao has been monitored by some of the biggest clubs in Europe with Manchester United and Italian giants Inter Milan and Roma all keeping tabs on him.
Arsenal’s interest in Brazao could be an interesting one though, given the fact that the player is still very young.
No indication has been provided by the club as to if they plan on offering Cech an extension, although it seems highly unlikely at this stage.
The Gunners also still have Emiliano Martinez in their armour but with only 15 appearances since making his debut in 2012, manager Unai Emery could do with someone new as the second option in-goal.
Arsenal would be the ideal club for a young player like Brazao to announce himself to the rest of the world and time in English football would help him grow his game tremendously.
And under Emery, he might develop into a world class keeper, who could become one of the best in European football.
Brazil have produced some talented young keepers in recent seasons and they currently boast with the likes of Alisson and Ederson, who have both been of high value to Liverpool and Manchester City since moving to the Premier League.
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