Arsenal to rival Barcelona for €20m Brazilian striker, failed to sign him in 2017 – report

Arsenal could go head-to-head with Barcelona in the race to sign Internacional striker Yuri Alberto this summer, Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte claims.

The Gunners were initially interested in the 20-year-old when he was at Santos in 2017, but they could not strike a deal with the Serie A outfit.

Alberto left Santos for Internacional last summer, and he has since registered an impressive tally of 17 goals and two assists from 49 appearances.

The Gunners have revived their interest in the centre-forward, but they could face competition from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Alberto has a EU passport which has caught the eye of the Blaugrana, while it would also boost his chances of getting a work permit.

Internacional are anticipating at least €15 million for their prized asset, but could demand up to €20m if there is a bidding battle.

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Barcelona is recognized for bringing in top players from Brazil, with Emerson being the most recent addition.

Emerson was a co-owner of Real Betis of La Liga, but the Blaugrana paid about €9 million for his rights this week.

They recently signed Sergio Aguero on a free transfer, but Alberto might be on their radar in the future.

Despite holding an EU passport, he is more than likely to start with the B team before moving up.

Meanwhile, the Gunners have had success with Gabriel Martinelli, who was previously unknown in Brazil.

With the potential of both Alexandre Lacazette and Eddie Nketiah leaving, the club is aggressively looking for a striker.

Alberto may not be a quick fix, but he has a greater chance of breaking through at the club than he had at Barcelona.

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