An agent has revealed Arsenal are hoping to sign a young star who is drawing comparisons with Gabriel Martinelli.
20-year-old Martinelli has been impressive over the last couple of months, hitting four goals and two assists in his last eight Premier League outings. That includes two strikes in December’s 4-1 victory over injury-hit Leeds United.
Following the 2-0 win against West Ham earlier in the season, during which Martinelli got on the scoresheet, Arsenal legend Martin Keown said: “In view of the backdrop, the manager taking the captaincy away from [Pierre-Emerick] Aubameyang, the team showed it didn’t affect them at all in their performance.
“The youngsters, again, leading from the front. Martinelli, a player I just love watching. I just believe in what he does. The pace for that goal was outstanding.”
The skilful Brazilian is forming a deadly attacking partnership with the likes of Emile Smith Rowe, Bukayo Saka and Alexandre Lacazette. Their form means Aubameyang faces a fight to get back into the team upon his return.
The Gunners are looking to sort out a Martinelli repeat by signing a wonderkid with similar attributes.
The man in question is Atletico Mineiro’s teenage winger Savio. During a recent interview, the starlet’s agent confirmed Arsenal were keeping tabs on him.
Arsenal offer yet to arrive, says agent
“There are these surveys from Red Bull Bragantino and Arsenal, but nothing official. No offer has arrived for Savio,” representative Juliano Rodrigues said (via HITC).
The Brazil U18 international has admirers in his home country but is struggling to get into the Atletico Mineiro team.
Rodrigues went on to explain how a permanent exit is the ‘ideal’ solution.
“He needs to play to evolve. Atletico don’t play him. So the best thing would be a transfer, with Atletico getting part of the rights for a future sale (a sell-on clause).
“This way, Savio will be able to take off in his career, as he is one of the best players of his age in Brazilian football.
“Going out on loan now is not interesting. The ideal (thing) is to leave permanently.”
Savio has exceptional pace and great dribbling ability, hence the comparisons with Martinelli.
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Aubameyang provides health update
Meanwhile, Aubameyang has given a promising update on his health.
The goalscorer contracted Covid earlier in the month and was sent home from the Africa Cup of Nations due to ‘heart lesions’.
But Aubameyang is likely to make a full recovery. He posted the following statement on social media: “I came back to London to do some additional checks, and I’m very happy to say that my heart is absolutely fine and I’m completely healthy!!
“Really appreciate all the messages over the last few days and I’m already back at it.”
Aubameyang’s future at the Emirates is still up for debate, however.
According to CBS Sports, Saudi Arabian outfit Al Nassr are hoping to take him on loan for the rest of the season. They want to include an option to buy worth €8million (£6.6m) which will become active in the summer.
The Gunners are yet to respond to that offer. But they could also face bids from several other teams.
Sky Sports journalist Dharmesh Sheth reveals a number of European clubs are aiming to secure Aubameyang’s signature. AC Milan, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain, Marseille and Sevilla are among them.
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2 selection dilemmas Carlos Corberan has ahead of second leg play-off clash as Huddersfield host Luton
Huddersfield Town are 90 minutes away from finding out if their incredible 2021/22 Championship campaign will conclude with a trip to Wembley or not.
The Terriers, who ended the second-tier season in third place, drew 1-1 in the first leg against Luton Town at Kenilworth Road.
Now preparing for the visit of the Bedfordshire outfit, Carlos Corberan will be hoping for more of the same from his side who have been excellent all season.
Here, we take a look at two selection dilemmas that Corberan currently has ahead of tonight’s clash with the Hatters…
Sorba Thomas from the start?
Missing the last three matches of the ordinary season, which proved to be the only league matches he missed during the 2021/22 campaign, Sorba Thomas came on for the last five minutes on Friday evening.
It now remains to be seen what the immediate plan is from Corberan, and whether he will be chucked into the starting XI.
A real creative asset for the Terriers to have in the side, his ability in the final third, combined with his dead ball productivity, makes him someone who could determine the outcome of the tie.
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Duane Holmes and Danel Sinani were also extremely influential during the first tie, making it that little bit more difficult for Corberan.
A Levi Colwill return?
Levi Colwill sat on the bench for the visitors in Bedfordshire on Friday evening, with Corberan revealing after the match that he had been ill during the week.
Naby Sarr was therefore handed starting XI responsibilities, and whilst he performed to a high standard on the night, Colwill has proven to be a regular starter this season.
An excellent ball carrier, Colwill’s maturity and defensive intelligence makes him an excellent option for this second leg, with the teenager also proving to emerge more dominant with his battles.
4 Huddersfield Town transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with very soon
Huddersfield Town are set for a huge clash tomorrow night against Luton Town.
The second leg of the Championship play-off final is potentially season-defining for the Terriers, with the score level at 1-1 on aggregate following the first leg.
Only a win on the night, whether it be after 90 minutes, extra time, or on penalties, will be enough to see Huddersfield reach the final at Wembley.
Whilst the focus is no doubt fully on football at the moment, there are some key transfer matters that Carlos Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks.
Here, we’ve picked out four matters we think will be on Corberan’s agenda once the season comes to a close.
Naby Sarr’s contract
One matter for Corberan to deal with is Naby Sarr’s expiring contract at the club, which runs out at the end of June.
Sarr has struggled for regular game time at the John Smith’s Stadium this campaign, making just 23 appearances in all competitions so far.
Interestingly, though, the 28-year-old started three of Huddersfield’s last four league matches, and also the first leg of their play-off semi-final against Luton.
These performances may or may not have been enough to get Sarr back onside with the club, but either way, Corberan must make a decision on his future soon, if he has not done so already.
Another transfer matter Corberan will have to deal with in the coming weeks is deciding the future of Danel Sinani.
Sinani joined on a season-long loan from Norwich City last summer, with Norwich confirming at the time that Huddersfield held an option to buy Sinani as part of the agreement.
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Sinani has certainly made a contribution this season – scoring seven goals and registering five assists in 45 appearances, but we are unaware of the sort of fee it will take to secure his signature permanently.
As such, Corberan must weigh up whether or not Sinani is worth that fee in the coming weeks.
Harry Toffolo’s extension
Harry Toffolo is another Huddersfield Town player with an expiring contract this summer.
Fortunately for the club, though, it has been reported that they hold an option to trigger a one-year extension on his current deal.
We have had no official confirmation of them triggering this option as of yet, though, leaving us to speculate over Toffolo’s future.
It must be said, however, that after a fine season for the club, it seems a formality that the club will trigger the clause.
In that eventuality, the club would then have to decide whether to cash in on the defender, or seek a fresh agreement that would see him stay beyond 2023.
Finally, a fourth transfer matter for Carlos Corberan to deal with this summer is the future of Romoney Crichlow.
The 22-year-old has spent the season out on loan, first at Swindon Town in League Two, and then at League One outfit Plymouth Argyle.
His Swindon spell was a success, making 24 appearances for the club, but his time at Plymouth has been quite the opposite, with the defender having made just three appearances since swapping the County Ground for Home Park.
With one year remaining on his Huddersfield deal, Corberan must decide whether or not Crichlow is worth keeping around, worth another loan out, or worth getting rid of.
Given how little he has featured at League One level, it is hard to see his immediate future with the Terriers.