Despite the surprising form of Theo Walcott so far this season, a striker is still high on our list of priorities. Arsene Wenger is apparently keen on young Brazilian forward Luis Henrique, and is weighing up a move for the promising talent, as reported by Goal.
The Botafogo star is highly rated in Brazil, and is thought to be one of the brightest prospects among the nation’s youth ranks. He is set to take part in the Under-17s World Cup which kicks off shortly, which will be an excellent chance to get a better look at him.
Despite the striker being just 17-years-old, he is already an established member of Botafogo. He has made 15 appearances for the club so far, scoring four goals in the process.
His agent is thought to be looking to secure a move for his client, with Arsenal and the Premier League an enticing prospect. As the report suggest, he has a release clause of R$60m (approximately £10.5m), but may be available for less. Some reports (including the Metro) have mistakenly claimed his release clause is £40m, incorrectly converting from Dollars instead of Brazilian Reals.
Henrique’s current contract sees him tied down until 2017, but at his age that is not long at all. Botafogo wouldn’t want to risk losing him for nothing in a year and a halves time, so may be willing to let him go this January.
There are often work permit issues with players coming from South America at some age, as we’ve seen with players like Wellington Silva and Joel Campbell. This is certainly something that could put Arsene Wenger off, but if he feels the youngster is talented enough then he may just go for it.
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A teenage striker is arguably not what we need, and we should really be targeting World Class talent. There is a definite shortage of top quality strikers around at the moment though, so Wenger may look to the future.