Paper Talk: Arsenal take drastic action as Real Madrid eye £50m Martinelli

Gabriel Martinelli, Nicolas Pepe TEAMtalk

Arsenal are ready to take drastic action to secure Gabriel Martinelli’s future after interest from Real Madrid, while six clubs want Danny Rose, according to Thursday’s Paper Talk.



Arsenal are reportedly ready to triple Gabriel Martinelli’s wages in a bid to fend off interest from Real Madrid in the Brazilian sensation.

Martinelli has scored 10 goals in 21 games for the Gunners this season since his £7million move from Ituano in his homeland in the summer.

The 18-year-old’s tremendous pace, prolific scoring and impressive displays are said to have alerted the likes of La Liga giants Real.

And the Spanish club are weighing up a bid of around £50million for Martinelli, according to the Daily Mail.

But Arsenal are not keen to sell, and while Martinelli is contracted to the Gunners until 2024, the Mail states that talks are already underway over offering the player a pay rise from £10,000 a week to around £30,000.

Martinelli, who is the first Arsenal teenager to score 10 goals in a season since Nicolas Anelka, has started Arsenal’s last two games due to Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang’s suspension, and has scored in both.

The Brazilian netted a fine solo goal for the 10-man Gunners in their 2-2 draw against Chelsea on Tuesday night, having also notched in the 1-1 draw with Sheffield United on Saturday.

Martinelli is also being tipped to keep his place when Aubameyang returns from suspension as Arsenal travel to face Burnley a week on Sunday, with Nicolas Pepe the man likely to miss out.

Martinelli was rejected by Barcelona and Manchester United before he moved to The Emirates.

He had four trial sessions at United’s Carrington training ground between 2015 and 2017 and played alongside striker Mason Greenwood in a youth-team friendly.


Valencia are weighing up a move to re-sign Manchester City centre-back Nicolas Otamendi this summer (The Sun)

Barcelona have reportedly joined Manchester United in the race for £100m Inter Milan striker Lautaro Martinez (The Sun)

Leicester are making a £15m move for Southampton’s Denmark defender Jannik Vestergaard (The Sun)

Borussia Dortmund are in talks with Italian giants Juventus to sign Emre Can (The Sun)

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English clubs spent more than £1bn on players from overseas clubs last year, making them the biggest spenders on international talent from any nation in 2019 (The Sun)

The FA will not bow to pressure from Premier League managers to scrap FA Cup replays despite growing fears over player fatigue and injury (Daily Mail)

Chelsea have made their move to pip Atletico Madrid in the race for Edinson Cavani (Daily Mail)

Manchester United defender Cameron Borthwick-Jackson is considering a move to MLS to kickstart his career (Daily Mail)

Tottenham are planning a second bid for Fenerbahce’s Kosovo striker Vedat Muriqi (BBC Sport)

Six Premier League clubs are interested in signing Tottenham’s English left-back Danny Rose this month (Sky Sports)

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West Ham are keen on a move for Ryan Fraser this summer (Daily Mirror)

Chelsea are involved in a stand-off with PSG over the French club’s £12.6m valuation of Edinson Cavani with the striker’s parents claiming he wants to join Atletico Madrid (Daily Telegraph)

Brighton are expected to complete a permanent £5m deal for Australian midfielder Aaron Mooy, 29, currently on loan from Huddersfield (Daily Telegraph)

Manchester United are poised to lose Tahith Chong on a free transfer in the summer amid claims from the player’s agent his client has endured problems with Ole Gunnar Solskjaer (The Times)

Chelsea have stepped up their efforts to recruit a striker by making an offer to sign Edinson Cavani on loan from Paris Saint-Germain until the end of the season (The Times)

Spanish midfielder Guille Amor, 19 and Spanish forward Rafa Mujica, 21, are set to leave Leeds United this month (Yorkshire Evening Post)


Eboue Kouassi is training with Genk ahead of his proposed loan move from Celtic (Scottish Sun)

Jack Ross issued a hands-off warning to Celtic over Martin Boyle after the Hoops had the wide man watched during Hibs’ 2-1 victory over Hamilton (Daily Record)