According to The Sun, Arsenal are lining up a move for Pacos de Ferreira’s Portuguese teenager Matchoi Djalo this summer.
The Gunners seem to have had a good look at players from Liga NOS over the last few months. We recently signed a young Portuguese player in Nuno Tavares from Benfica, and it looks like Edu wants to pick another talented youngster up from the Seleção das Quinas.
The report claims that Djalo, 18, is viewed by Arsenal as a long-term prospect. He has just a year left on his contract and he is set to be available for a bargain fee of just around £1 million.
Who is Matchoi Djalo and why do Arsenal want him?
Djalo is one of the youngest players to ever play in the Portuguese top-flight. He made his Liga NOS debut as a 16-year-old back in August 2019, and he was viewed then by many as the next big thing.
However, the teenager’s career has stalled since. He has barely played for the senior side over the last two years, but that doesn’t make him a bad player.
Djalo is naturally an attacking midfielder, but he has featured on the right-wing too. He has the potential to become a big player in the coming years, and that could be why Arsenal are ready to gamble.
At just around £1 million, this is a risk worth taking for the Gunners. We gambled on an unknown Brazilian named Gabriel Martinelli a couple of years ago, and he has turned out to be one of the finest talents in the world.
We’re not saying Djalo will be the same if we sign him, but you never know. Arsenal’s academy is one of the best in the world, and if the teenager has the right talent and mentality, our coaches could well bring the best out of him.
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Mikel Arteta has already proved that he isn’t afraid to give young players a chance. Djalo, if we sign him and he impresses, could well be a star for us. If he fails to deliver, it won’t really matter, will it? We can just assume that we paid Mesut Ozil his £350,000 wages for three more weeks and move on.