Liverpool are reportedly eyeing two Arsenal youngsters ahead of the summer transfer window, per Football Insider, as they claim the Reds have ‘set their sights’ on Gabriel Martinelli and Bukayo Saka.
According to Football Insider’s report, the runaway league leaders are assessing long-term options in the transfer market as they look to turn their remarkable season into a prolonged period of dominance, eyeing young prospects instead of established first-team stars.
Martinelli signed for the Gunners last summer for a fee of roughly £6m, and would likely cost the Reds a considerably larger sum given his impact on Arsenal’s first-team this campaign – he has scored ten times in all competitions and is now valued at £16.2m by Transfermarkt. The report claims the north London club will need to offer both players new contracts this summer to ward off interest from elsewhere.
While Saka has impressed this term too with seven assists in all competitions, it is the 18 year-old Brazilian who would prove to be a real coup if Liverpool pull the trigger on a move. Jurgen Klopp has shown a real knack for turning talented young forwards into versatile goal machines over years, transforming the likes of Marco Reus, Sadio Mane and Mohamed Salah into some of the most feared players in Europe.
With Martinelli, the German would have a teenage talent already showing the composure of an experienced superstar – look no further than his ice cool finish at Stamford Bridge in January. His brace in the 5-5 draw at Anfield this season showed his ability to pop up in the right place at the right time, a trait Salah and Mane both have, and he has also shown maturity and versatility by playing five different attacking positions for Arsenal this campaign – again, both of the Reds’ current wingers can play in various forward roles.
A player with excellent speed, skill and finishing ability, the teenager also presses tirelessly from the front, yet another trait that would make him a perfect fit with Klopp’s Liverpool. With double the goals this season of Liverpool’s current back-up forward Divock Origi (five) despite playing only 300 more minutes, Martinelli would be a sensational addition to the Reds’ seemingly unstoppable squad and perhaps even jump above the Belgian in the pecking order given he is six years younger with far more room to improve.
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