Arsenal keeping tabs on Gabriel Veron after Everton see transfer bid rejected

Alejandro Gomez and Gabriel Veron (R) battle for the ball
Veron has represented Brazil at youth level (Picture: Getty)

Arsenal have entered the race to sign Brazilian youngster Gabriel Veron, according to reports.

Veron, who does not turn 18 until September, is in high demand after breaking into the Palmeiras first team this season.

ESPN Brasil claim a host of clubs are monitoring Veron’s progress including Spanish giants Barcelona and Premier League duo Arsenal and Everton.

The Toffees tried to wrap up an early deal for Veron, but Palmeiras turned down a £13.2million offer from Everton for their star youngster.

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With Edu in charge as Arsenal’s technical director, the Gunners have developed a reputation for raiding South America.

Gabriel Martinelli, 18, was signed last summer from Ituano and has emerged as Arsenal’s breakout star this season.

Veron could be another gem and Arsenal are keeping tabs on the right winger, who is under contract at Palmeiras until 2024.

Gabriel Veron reacts after missing a chance for Brazil
Everton and Barcelona are also tracking (Picture: Getty)

With interest mounting in the teenager, Veron explained he was named after a former Manchester United star and Argentina legend, Juan Sebastian Veron.

‘It was our neighbour’s idea,’ he said. ‘He’d always wanted a son but ended up with three daughters.

‘So, when my parents couldn’t decide on a second name for me [during the pregnancy] in 2002, our neighbour said: “Why not call him Veron?”‘

Arsenal have plenty of options up front with Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette, as well as young backup Martinelli.

However, Aubameyang has been heavily linked with a move to Barcelona and after the success of Martinelli’s debut camping, Arsenal may be tempted to dip into the South American market again.

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