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Arsenal heavily linked with young Brazilian talent compared to Lionel Messi

Arsenal are reported to be linked with a move for a Brazilian wonderkid who has drawn comparisons with Argentina captain Lionel Messi

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Arsenal are setting their sights on further strengthening their squad with the pursuit of Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian. 

The Gunners, who have enjoyed a solid campaign and are contenders for the Premier League title, are reportedly among several clubs vying for the signature of the highly touted Palmeiras prospect.

In their return to the Champions League after years of absence, Arsenal reached the quarter-finals, showcasing the progress made under the stewardship of Edu and manager Mikel Arteta. However, the club recognises the need for continued improvement, with the upcoming summer transfer window presenting an opportunity for further reinforcements.

A report from Brazil, as cited by UOL, suggests that Arsenal, alongside Manchester City, Barcelona, and Paris Saint-Germain, are in discussions with Palmeiras regarding the acquisition of 17-year-old Estevao Willian.

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Despite Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira’s desire to retain the talented youngster until 2027, indications suggest a potential departure, as both the player and his representatives reportedly favor a move.

Arsenal interested in Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian

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The report outlines potential terms of the deal, with Arsenal purportedly considering an initial offer of €30 million (£25 million), with add-ons potentially elevating the total transfer fee to €55-60 million (£47-51 million). 

However, additional conditions may apply, particularly if the transfer fee exceeds €45 million (£39 million), with stringent performance-based targets such as goal tallies, European appearances, and international call-ups.

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Estevao Willian’s potential arrival at Arsenal would signify a significant statement of intent from the North London club, highlighting their ambition to secure one of the most promising talents in world football. 

Football Talent Scout‘s Jacek Kulig has drawn comparisons between Estevao and footballing luminaries Lionel Messi and Takefusa Kubo, awarding the Brazilian prodigy a rare perfect score of 10 for potential, with expectations of him reaching “world-class” status.

Further acclaim comes from scouting outlet SFTBL, which lauds Estevao’s ability to produce moments of brilliance on the field, attributing his success to a combination of intelligence, technique, and athleticism. 

Described as a player capable of executing both conventional and innovative moves with equal finesse, Estevao represents a potentially transformative addition to Arsenal’s roster.

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