English giants Arsenal FC have announced the signing of Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli.
The highly-rated attacker has joined the Premier League club from Brazilian side Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract.
Martinelli becomes the Gunners' first signing ahead of the 2019/20 season which is scheduled to start in August 2019.
Arsenal released the following statement on Tuesday:
"Brazilian forward Gabriel Martinelli is joining us from Ituano Futebol Clube on a long-term contract. Gabriel has made rapid progress during his short time at Ituano."
"Since making his debut in November 2017 aged just 16 years and nine months, the young forward scored 10 goals from his 34 appearances for the Sao Paulo-based club."
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"The 18-year-old’s development was also recently acknowledged by the Brazilian national team, with a call-up to the full squad for a training camp in May ahead of the Copa America."
"Gabriel was voted as the 2019 Best Newcomer and also a member of the 2019 Team of the Year for the Campeonato Paulista - the football league for the state of Sao Paulo."
"The deal is subject to the completion of regulatory processes. Gabriel will shortly join up with his new teammates for pre-season training," a club statement read.
Martinelli will be hoping to emulate his countrymen Gilberto Silva, Edu and Silvinho, who had successful spells with Arsenal.