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Arsenal pursue promising 19-year-old Argentinian midfielder

Arsenal pursue promising 19-year-old Argentinian midfielder


AVELLANEDA, ARGENTINA: Carlos Alcaraz of Racing Club competes for the ball with Julian Fernandez of Newell´s Old Boys during a match between Racing Club and Newell's Old Boys as part of Copa de la Liga 2022 at Presidente Peron Stadium on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
AVELLANEDA, ARGENTINA: Carlos Alcaraz of Racing Club competes for the ball with Julian Fernandez of Newell´s Old Boys during a match between Racing Club and Newell’s Old Boys as part of Copa de la Liga 2022 at Presidente Peron Stadium on April 24, 2022. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)

Arsenal appear to be closing in on the signing of Sao Paulo’s 19-year-old winger Marquinhos, with reports suggesting the deal is almost done.

But Marquinhos may not be the only South American teenager making the switch to North London this summer.

Marca report that Arsenal are among a list of clubs with an interest in Carlos Alcaraz, joining Atletico Madrid, Sevilla, Juventus, Spurs, Inter Milan, and AC Milan in the race.

That’s a long list of potential suitors, all of whom have reportedly sent enquiries or scouts to Racing Club. There are others like Wolves and PSV supposedly interested as well, to a lesser degree.

Alcaraz has a contract until 2026 and a release clause of $25m (£20m), and Racing want at least £16m, according to the report.

AVELLANEDA, ARGENTINA: Carlos Alcaraz of Racing Club celebrates the first goal of his team during a match between Racing Club and Union as part of Copa Diego Maradona 2020 at Presidente Peron Stadium on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)
AVELLANEDA, ARGENTINA: Carlos Alcaraz of Racing Club celebrates the first goal of his team during a match between Racing Club and Union as part of Copa Diego Maradona 2020 at Presidente Peron Stadium on November 28, 2020. (Photo by Rodrigo Valle/Getty Images)

Unlike Marquinhos, Alcaraz is a midfielder. The 19-year-old has already played almost 60 times for his club’s senior side, scoring eight goals and assisting six.

Arsenal will be targeting a more experienced midfielder this summer to upgrade the starting lineup, but they could also use some midfield depth. They may view Alcaraz as one for the future in the position.



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