Arsenal are battling with some of Europe’s top clubs to sign Brazilian forward Brenner… but what sort of a player is he? Would he be ready to come straight into the team? And how likely are they to sign him?
- Arsenal are among a host of Europe’s top clubs interested in signing Brenner
- The 20-year-old striker has a £45m release clause and an Italian passport
- Sportsmail tells you all you need to know about the young Brazilian
Arsenal have turned their attention to young Brazilian forward Brenner as they look to solve their problems in front of goal.
The Gunners have scored just nine times in eight Premier League matches this season and are looking at the 20-year-old as an option to improve their attack.
Having only made the breakthrough in Brazil this year, Brenner is an unknown quantity for most fans of European football.
Brenner (left) has enjoyed a breathrough season for Sao Paulo, scoring 17 goals
The forward is attracting interest from a host of Europe’s top clubs, including Arsenal
Here, Sportsmail tells you all you need to know about the man Arsenal are after…
So what sort of a player is Brenner then?
Brenner – full name Brenner Souza da Silva – is a striker by trade but can operate on the left wing, allowing him to cut in on his favoured right foot. He is relatively small at 5ft 9in and slim, though is very quick and is becoming more powerful the older he gets.
How likely is it that Sao Paulo will sell him? And when?
Things are pointing towards a sale next year, perhaps even as early as January. This is mainly because of the financial uncertainty caused by the coronavirus pandemic and the fact that Brenner’s contract runs out in 2022. That deal has a £45m release clause inserted but Sao Paulo could accept as little as half of that rather than risk his value decreasing. In a major boost for European suitors, Brenner has an Italian passport through his ancestry, so any move would not require a work permit.
Brenner has an Italian passport, making a potential move to Europe much easier for him
Could we expect him to be stuck out on the wing if Arsenal sign him?
No. Although he operated there for Sao Paulo in his early days, Brenner has enjoyed a breakthrough season playing mostly as a central striker, helping himself to 17 goals in 27 appearances by showing instinctive poaching abilities in the box and always playing on the last line of the defence.
Is he highly-rated in Brazil?
He is. Brenner was a key part of their Under 17 squad at the World Cup in India three years ago – which England won. He scored three goals there and has long been expected to make the breakthrough at Sao Paulo, one of Brazil’s most famous clubs.
Would he be an upgrade on Alexandre Lacazette? What would it mean for Eddie Nketiah if Arsenal signed him?
He would eventually be an upgrade on Lacazette, but may need a year to settle. It’s hard to see how Nketiah would fit in if Arsenal signed Brenner, though if they let Lacazette go there would be space for both of the young strikers. It would be a risk to sell Lacazette before Brenner has settled in though.
Brenner appeared at the Under 17 World Cup for Brazil and has long been tipped for the top
Don’t Arsenal already have a young Brazilian forward?
They do, in Gabriel Martinelli. He showed flashes of brilliance last season but is yet to feature this campaign because of a knee injury. Martinelli looks best coming in off the left flank, so the prospect of an Arsenal attack in the future consisting of Martinelli and Brenner is an exciting one.
How likely are we to see Brenner and Martinelli lining up together at the Emirates?
Well, Arsenal are very well placed in the South American market now with Edu as sporting director and agent Kia Joorabachian involved in a number of deals. Edu is from Sao Paulo – though he came through at Sao Paulo’s bitter rivals Corinthians – and will be well aware that Brenner has an Italian passport, just like Martinelli does, so Arsenal rightly feel they are at the front of the queue to sign him.
Who will be Arsenal’s bigges challengers to sign him?
Probably PSG, who have been tracking him for years and also have a Brazilian sporting director in Leonardo. Juventus, AC Milan and Lazio are all interested and have the easiest path to sign him given Brenner’s Italian passport, while Ajax are the outsiders but could swoop in if interest cools from elsewhere.
Arsenal sporting director Edu (left, alongside manager Mikel Arteta) is a Sao Paulo native
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