Already interested in his services back in 2013 when he was lighting up the U17 World Cup with Brazil, Arsenal remain very attentive to the progress of Gabriel Boschilia, currently contracted to Monaco in Ligue 1.
This is, at least, according to Foot Mercato in France, who reported the information on Tuesday on their website, claiming that Arsene Wenger is monitoring the 20-year-old’s progress from afar as the youngster starts to find his feet in the principality.
Arsenal of course already have a Brazilian Gabriel, but Gabriel Paulista couldn’t be more different to the Monaco player. Wenger is often credited with interest in Ligue 1 youngsters, and this time it’s a South American free kick expert on the agenda.
The left-footed attacking midfielder is quickly gaining a reputation as a set-piece specialist on the other side of the Channel, with three of his four goals this season coming from free-kicks.
Mostly used as a substitute by Leonardo Jardim, Boschilia is making a case for himself to be started more often by the Portuguese manager, who will be pleased to have the player’s services until 2020, as he signed a five-year contract when arriving from Sao Paulo in 2015 for a fee of just under £8m.
With teams like Arsenal and Juventus already interested, Monaco will be weary of losing their starlet too early, even if an eventual departure will be inevitable, such is the French club’s philosophy of buying young and selling on for a profit down the line.
Wenger will be well aware of Monaco’s philosophy and will know he could sign Boschilla, but would have to pay a hefty fee.
Fenerbahçe and Nantes were already interested back in the summer for a loan, yet the Ligue 1 side rejected their advances, wanting the player to be a part of the first-team for the 2016-17 campaign.