Report: Chelsea now looking at signing 'phenomenal' forward who mocked N'Golo Kante on social media in 2020

Reports have claimed that Chelsea are considering launching a bid for Arsenal winger Gabriel Martinelli.

According to Sportsmail, the Blues have been admiring the 21-year-old in recent months, with him enjoying an electric start to the season.

The Brazilian has three goals and an assist to his name this season, with the Gunners off to a flying start as they sit top of the league.

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His importance has seen him draw praise from the Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta, describing him as ‘phenomenal’ last month.

Chelsea will be familiar with his abilities well, with him reminding N’golo Kante on social media in 2020 about the goal he had scored against them a year earlier.

Arsenal have only dropped points on one occasion this season, with them soundly beaten at Old Trafford last month.

Chelsea want Martinelli

Despite that loss, they have been one of the most impressive sides in the league all year, and Martinelli has been a key figure in their successes.

This has seemingly attracted Chelsea, with Sportsmail claiming they are among the many clubs interested in a deal.

Despite the interest, a deal is surely unlikely, with Arteta in the middle of building a project that will take some beating.

With Martinelli featuring predominantly on the left wing for Arsenal, he would likely be competing with Raheem Sterling for minutes at Stamford Bridge, with the England international being arguably the best attacker at the club.

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Although Graham Potter player him on the right against Crystal Palace, he will certainly be looking to operate him again in the fluid left-wing-back role when Marc Cucurella returns to full fitness.

With Ben Chilwell starting against Palace, his ability to attack left his side open, with him completing 90 minutes for the first time this season in the league.

Arsenal will no doubt be hopeful they cash in on their strong start to the campaign in order to keep their stars for the long-term, so they ensure they hold off interest from sides such as Chelsea for their best players.

Jack is a writer for The Chelsea Chronicle. He has been a part of GRV Media since June 2022. He has a First Class Honours degree in Football Journalism from the University of Derby, graduating in 2021. Jack has experience working freelance for The Sun and The Athletic, whilst also being published for the Non-League Paper and reporting for Burton Albion's academy side. He is a lifelong Chelsea fan and will debate with anyone about everything and anything football related. He also holds a passion for gaming and music, and thinks he knows every word to every Oasis song ever released