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Arsenal Looking To Beat Chelsea In Race For £8m Rated Brazilian Teenage Prodigy

Arsenal are battling Chelsea and a host of top European clubs for Atletico Mineiro right-back Emerson, according to reports in Brazil.

The Gunners are believed to be leading the race for the 19-year-old but both London clubs are said to be lining up January bids for the defender.

Scouts from Premier League teams were reportedly in attendance when Atletico faced Palmeiras last weekend in a Brazilian league match.

Emerson’s club are reportedly going through financial problems, and it could lead to the player leaving for as little as £8m when the transfer window reopens.

The fullback only signed for Atletico back in April after making the move from Ponte Preta, but interest from Europe could force his club’s hands.

Arsenal are more than likely seeking a long-term replacement for Stephan Lichtsteiner as competition for Hector Bellerin. The Brazilian teenager is believed to be tailor-made for the Premier League, being strong in the air and a good tackler.


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