Barcelona 'upset' after losing Gabriel Martinelli race to Arsenal


Phil Costa

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Barcelona are reportedly kicking themselves after letting Arsenal starlet Gabriel Martinelli slip through their fingers.

Martinelli – a £6m signing from Brazilian side Ituano – has been a standout performer this season, scoring seven goals in nine appearances.

According to Mundo Deportivo, Barça officials regret not signing the 18-year-old after he spent time at La Masia earlier this year.

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The LaLiga giants are short on attacking depth and are apparently considering LAFC forward Carlos Vela and Chelsea winger Willian as January options.

Jürgen Klopp also made a note of praising Martinelli after his performance in the 5-5 draw at Anfield in October.

“He’s really unbelievable,” Klopp told reporters.

“So young, looks so mature already, is a proper threat. Yeah, he looks like a really decent player.”

Arsenal return to domestic action against Southampton on November 23, with Unai Emery fighting for his job.