Arsenal have opened talks with the father of Brazilian starlet Reinier Jesus, with a view to making a bid for the Flamengo attacker.
The 17-year-old attacking midfielder has made an impression since being promoted to the Flamengo first team in July, scoring four goals in 11 league games so far.
Flamengo have placed a £60m (€70m) release clause in Reinier’s new contract, a price which has put off Spanish giants Atletico Madrid.
However, a range of suitors are still queuing up for the prolific Brazil Under-17 international, with Manchester City and Everton also watching on from the Premier League.
Real Madrid, Juventus and Paris Saint-Germain are also mentioned as potential destinations, but Arsenal are understood to have the edge after initiating contact with the player’s father, who has been searching for a European club that would be willing to sign his son.