One of the best Premier League youngsters has decided to snub Barcelona in favour of Real Madrid if the clubs come calling for his services.
Real Madrid and Barcelona both waved goodbyes to their respective Copa del Rey journeys after being knocked out of the competition in the quarter finals at the hands of Real Sociedad and Athletic Bilbao apiece. While the cup is definitely not the most important competition in the season, Thursday’s matches pointed out some flaws in both teams.
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For Zinedine Zidane, Marcelo didn’t play really well and Brahim Diaz was absolutely horrific whereas Quique Setien’s side yet again struggled to find the back of the net without Lionel Messi being involved. As it turned out for Barca, Messi didn’t have the best of games and so the entire team looked toothless in the attacking department.
El Desmarque has reported that Arsenal forward Gabriel Martinelli is currently on the radar of both La Liga giants. The 18 year old has been phenomenal for the Gunners since arriving from Brazil in the summer, already scoring ten times and registering four assists across 23 appearances in all competitions.
While Barcelona see him as a very long-term replacement to Luis Suarez at the Camp Nou, Real Madrid are looking to sign him to complete a trio of young Brazilian attackers having already signed Vinicius Junior and Rodrgyo Goes over the last few years. With that said, the player prefers a move to Spain’s capital over Catalonia to play under Zinedine Zidane.
Arsenal will clearly do all they can to hold on to a player that seems like a generational talent, and they are already preparing a newer contract for him according to claims. But if Barcelona and Real Madrid come calling for a player then it may be difficult to turn their offers down, but whether an official offer is made by either side remains to be seen.
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