Date:12th October 2022 at 9:45am
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Chelsea are said to be taking “admiring glances” at Arsenal’s Brazilian star Gabriel Martinelli, with interest from the west London club potentially set to develop “down the line”.

That is according to Simon Phillips, who has informed GIVEMESPORT of his understanding surrounding the Blues’ recent links with the Gunners starlet.

What’s the word?

The journalist understands that Martinelli is not at the forefront of Graham Potter’s transfer plans, but amid Chelsea’s admiration for the 21-year-old, Phillips has refused to rule out the possibility of a Blues swoop in the future.

Speaking to GIVEMESPORT, he said of the Brazil forward: “I haven’t heard that he is a serious target for Chelsea. I am sure it’s probably a case of some distant interest from the club, as many clubs will be taking admiring glances.

“Right now, it probably isn’t one to keep a close eye on but something might develop down the line.”

Seems surprising

Chelsea’s interest in Martinelli comes as a shock, especially from the perspective of Arsenal, who have not yet tied down to a new deal despite some spectacular form from the young forward, who has been talismanic at the Emirates Stadium this season.

The Brazilian enjoyed a solid 2021/22 campaign, chipping in with six goals and six assists in 29 league appearances, but this term he has gone up a level and appears on track to beat his returns of last season with plenty of matches to spare.

Four goals and two assists in nine Premier League games have helped to shoot Arsenal to the top of the Premier League, and the 21-year-old has now scored 22 goals in his time with the Gunners.

Arsenal’s number 11 is currently the club’s second-highest scorer this season, behind compatriot Gabriel Jesus.

In fairness to the Gunners, Martinelli’s contract does not expire until 2024 and there is a further option to extend that deal for an additional year, so they will most likely ride out this wave and will not want to disrupt the scintillating form of the young forward.