One of Barcelona’s rumored transfer plans has been derailed due to reports that Gabriel Martinelli, an Arsenal winger, is close to signing a new contract.
The Brazilian attacker is apparently close to reaching an agreement on a lucrative new Arsenal contract. He will reportedly earn approximately £200,000 per week, making him one of the highest-paid players on the team.
Martinelli has reportedly been wanted by Barcelona for a number of months as they look to upgrade their left wing.
One of the most exciting offensive players in Europe is a Brazilian who is just 21 and having a breakout season.
Martinelli, though, is highly regarded by Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, and after talismanic striker Gabriel Jesus suffered a knee injury, Martinelli is expected to become even more important.
Martinelli, 21, has seen a meteoric rise at the Emirates over the past 18 months and has turned into one of Mikel Arteta’s team’s most important players.
Arsenal have been ready to offer the winger, who made three appearances for Brazil at the World Cup, new terms for months, but negotiations stalled before the competition.
Martinelli’s current contract has 18 months left to run, with the option for an additional 12 months from the Gunners.
However, it seems they won’t have to because Martinelli is willing to accept new terms.
Martinelli has stated his wish to remain in London on numerous occasions, telling Sky Sports in November, “I’ve voiced my happiness about being at Arsenal many times.
This is my club. I enjoy being here. I cherish the city. Everything about Arsenal is fantastic. Therefore, I want to stay. I’m overjoyed. Just need to get a pen and sign.”
Those remarks came during a period in which Arteta repeatedly faced inquiries over Martinelli’s employment status.
Barcelona is now anticipated to look into options in the January transfer window, despite its limited financial resources.
There may be some movement around the Camp Nou in the upcoming weeks and months as stars like Memphis Depay are about to go. Martinelli, it appears, won’t be included in any plans.
Arsenal was assured to be in first place at Christmas thanks to their unblemished record in the league thus far, and they will reopen their Premier League campaign with a five-point advantage over defending champions Manchester City.
The news that star striker Gabriel Jesus may miss up to three months of action after undergoing knee surgery for an injury he received at the World Cup has done serious damage to Arsenal’s title chances ahead of their encounter against West Ham next week.
Saka’s contract is also something Arsenal is eager to finalize.
The 21-year-old’s contract will expire in June 2024, just like Martinelli’s.
According to reports, talks about Saka’s contract extension will pick back up in the “weeks and months” to come, with Arsenal eager to negotiate a deal before the season is complete.