Arsenal to trigger Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes’ £40m release clause ‘imminently’

first_imgArsenal to trigger Sporting Lisbon teenager Joelson Fernandes’ £40m release clause ‘imminently’ Comment Visit Advertiser website GO TO PAGE Metro Sport ReporterSaturday 18 Jul 2020 2:38 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link3.5kShares Read More The Gunners are one of a number of European clubs looking at the starlet (Picture: Getty Images)Arsenal are reportedly willing to trigger the release clause of Sporting Lisbon phenomenon Joelson Fernandes in an effort to beat the likes of Barcelona and Juventus to his signature.The 17-year-old is the latest winger to come through Sporting’s prestigious academy, which has produced the likes of Cristiano Ronaldo, Nani and Ricardo Quaresma.He has trained with the first-team sporadically for over a year and made his debut when the Portuguese league restarted last month, going on to make two further appearances. Coming Next Read More PLAY / Although that seems enormous for such a young and inexperienced player, A Bola report that several clubs, including Arsenal, are now seriously weighing up paying the fee to land Fernandes now before the price gets any higher.The Portuguese newspaper claims Arsenal have shown the most interest in agreeing a deal for Fernandes this summer and a £40m offer, which would activate his release clause, is ‘imminent’.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing ArsenalFernandes’ agent is Kia Joorabchian, who has developed close ties to Arsenal in recent years – and particularly since head of football Raul Sanllehi moved to north London.The agent played a large role in talks to sign David Luiz up to a new two-year contract and has offered a number of players to Arsenal already, with clients Philippe Coutinho and Willian both potential summer targets for the Gunners. Advertisement Top articles Advertisement Read More 1 min. storycenter_img by Metro Skip Ad Rio Ferdinand tells Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop struggling Fernandes is regarded as the next top talent on the Sporting conveyor belt (Picture: Getty)Sporting have been keen to try and extend Fernandes’ contract until 2025 and want to double his release clause, which currently stands at €45million (£40m).AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENT 1/1 SPONSORED Skip Manchester United captain Harry Maguire Arsenal hope their relationship with Joorabchian could give them an advantage in the race to sign Fernandes, while Barca and Juventus’ finances have both been severely affected by the coronavirus crisis.Speaking about the speculation surrounding his future earlier this year, Fernandes said: ‘It is very flattering and I think it represents the value of my work.‘I did not look at that alleged interest very much, I am happy where I am and fighting to achieve my dream, which is to play for Sporting’s first team. Nobody has told me about this extension offer yet. Besides, I try not to think about these things too much. I just want to play football.’MORE: Villarreal confirm Santi Cazorla is leaving the club amid links with a return to Arsenal as Mikel Arteta’s coachMORE: Arsenal’s old academy manager reveals club had serious doubts over Bukayo Saka’s ability until Freddie Ljungberg intervenedFollow Metro Sport across our social channels, on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.For more stories like this, check our sport page. Video Settings Read More About Connatix V67539 Read More Full Screenlast_img