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Arsenal’s bid for Brazilian midfielder has been rejected by his club

Arsenal bid of £15m + add ons bid has seemingly been rejected by Brazilian side Flamengo.

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Journalist Artur Petrosyan has taken to Twitter and reported that Arsenal have had a £15m + add ons bid rejected for Flamengo’s attacking midfielder Matheus Franca.

Franca, who is only 19 years old and seen by many as another wonderkid off the Brazilian conveyor belt, is also wanted by top four rivals Newcastle United according to Petrosyan.

It was reported by The Sun that Newcastle had THREE bids rejected for the player in January – so it seems that Eddie Howe’s side certainly have a serious interest in the player.

Flamengo signed Franca to a new deal recently with reports suggesting that the release clause is over £150m. It’s highly unlikely that any club would pay that amount for a player who isn’t yet a first team player for his club. But this report could be a way for the club to try to get some more money from The Magpies.

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Either way, this news may have some merit to it. Arsenal have scoured the Brazilian market well over the past few years when signing up young talent. Examples of this include the signings of Marquinhos and, of course, Gabriel Martinelli. So this could be another instance where Edu and Arteta are looking to Brazil to bolster their attacking ranks.

According to recent reports, Arsenal are also after Pedro from the Brazilian top division. The player is a 17-year-old forward playing for Corinthians. He’s expected to be the Gunners first signing of the summer.

The Brazilian market has been kind to Arsenal over the past few signings and according to recent reports, it looks like the Gunners are set to chance their hand in South America once again.

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