Arsenal are reportedly set to treble the wages of teenage striker, Gabriel Martinelli with Real Madrid circling around the former Ituano starlet.
The teenager has put up a lot of impressive showings since his £6.3million move from the Brazilian outfit, Ituano. In fact, he has notched a total of 10 goals in 21 games for the Gunners the latest of which was in a crunchy and highly enthralling draw between Arsenal and Chelsea. The Gunners came from behind twice to level matters despite falling to 10 men after David Luiz was directed to the early showers early on.
Spanish giants, Real Madrid are reportedly interested in the 18-year-old and value him at a gargantuan fee of £50 million.
Plans have already been put in play to reward Martinelli for that breakaway goal against Frank Lampard’s side and many others before that, by increasing his pay from about £10,000 to £30,000 according to the Daily Mail.
Martinelli who in spite of representing Brazil in U23 tournaments is eligible to play for Italy’s National Team through his father has impressed new Gunners boss, Mikel Arteta with his attitude both on and off the field of play.
Although his first-team chances are down to a three-game suspension handed out to Aubameyang, he is thought to have done enough to reserve his place in the Starting XI setup.
If that be the case, Arsenal’s record signing, Nicolas Pepe could be headed for the substitute’s bench.
The Ivorian is yet to make any real impact with the Gunners and is many miles short of what Arsenal expected when they signed him from Lille for a club-record fee of £72million.
Martinelli could have been playing for either Barcelona or Manchester United, but, the 18-year-old was rejected by United despite playing four trials for the club between the years 2015 and 2017 including a friendly where he lined up alongside Mason Greenwood.