Arsenal failed in their attempts to sign Vinicius Jr from the Spanish club Real Madrid this summer, according to the latest reports.
It is thought the Arsenal were keen to hand the Brazilian sensation a way out of the Santiago Bernabeu – but were immediately shut down.
The 19-year-old ace is enduring his most difficult spell at Real Madrid since arriving in Spain last year.
The arrival of Eden Hazard has sent the player down the pecking order for a spot on the flank and he is struggling to win over manager Zinedine Zidane.
And according to UOL Sport, head coach Unai Emery tried his luck with an ambitious effort to land the teenage winger.
Emery was reportedly facing heavy competition from former side Paris Saint-Germain, who were also thought to have contacted Los Blancos.
But Real Madrid are determined to hold on to the star they paid Flamengo £38 million for, making Vinicius one of the world’s most expensive teenagers.
The club understandably want to develop their player, who is regarded as the ‘next Neymar’ by many in Brazil.
In spite of not landing Vinicius, the Gunners did enjoy a fine summer transfer market. As well as clearing out plenty of deadwood, the club recruited well.
The record acquisition of Nicholas Pepe was followed on deadline day by the arrivals of Kieran Tierney and David Luiz.
Meanwhile, Vinicius’ fellow countryman Brazilian Gabriel Martinelli joined for around £6m.
Real Madrid’s star Dani Ceballos agreed on a one-year loan deal and the talented defender William Saliba chose the Gunners over rivals Tottenham Hotspur but is spending this campaign back on loan at Saint-Etienne.