Premier League heavyweights have reportedly stepped up their efforts to sign 20-year-old Brazilian striker Marcos Leonardo from Santos.

According to a report by Football Transfers, Marcos Leonardo is the subject of interest from Arsenal. The Gunners are keen on signing a striker in the January transfer window. And they are intensifying their talks with the Brazilian striker’s representatives ahead of a possible move in the coming weeks.

Marcos Leonardo: An Eligible Target in Brazil

Marcos Leonardo has established himself as one of the best young prospects in his homeland in the last 12 months. The 20-year-old is a graduate of Santos’s famed youth division and has been a regular for the club’s first team for some time now. And he was the leading light for his team as they suffered relegation from the Brazilian Serie A.

The Brazilian attacking sensation was a rare bright spark for Santos in a tumultuous campaign. Leonardo amassed 21 goals and four assists in 49 appearances across all competitions. But his efforts were futile as Santos suffered a shock relegation. Meanwhile, the youngster’s exploits have not gone unnoticed.

Widespread reports have linked Marcos Leonardo with several high-profile clubs, including Real Madrid, Manchester United and Newcastle United. But Arsenal might be the Santos striker’s next destination, with the player likely available for a cut-price fee heading into the January transfer window.

Arsenal To Sign Another Brazilian Talent?

At Arsenal, Mikel Arteta has two solid strikers in his squad. But while Gabriel Jesus is not prolific, Eddie Nketiah tends to blow hot and cold. That said, Jesus brings a lot to the table despite not being a goal machine in the final third. But the Gunners need more from their attackers, bringing Leonardo into the picture.

The report has claimed that the Premier League heavyweights are intensifying their talks with the youngster’s representatives. Arsenal will look to bring Marcos Leonardo to the Emirates in the January transfer window. So, it makes sense that they are stepping up their efforts to sign him.

Arsenal should be an attractive destination for the Santos striker, considering the Brazilian group is going strong at the club. So, it will be interesting to see how talks between Arsenal and the player’s entourage progress in the coming weeks.

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