Italy hoping to persuade Gabriel Martinelli to snub Brazil after promising start to Arsenal career

first_imgAdvertisement Comment Metro Sport ReporterMonday 7 Oct 2019 5:53 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link5.2kShares Advertisement Italy hoping to persuade Gabriel Martinelli to snub Brazil after promising start to Arsenal career Gabriel Martinelli is wanted by Italy after an eye-catching start to his Arsenal career (Picture: Getty)Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli could have a decision to make regarding his international future after being contacted by the Italian Football Federation.The 18-year-old hasn’t featured for Brazil – the country of his birth – at any level although he was invited to train with Tite’s squad before this summer’s Copa America.Italy are hoping to take advantage of Martinelli failing to feature for Brazil by persuading him to represent them instead as he is eligible to play for the Azzurri through his father. Martinelli scored twice for Arsenal during their 4-0 win against Standard Liege (Picture: Getty)Former Manchester City manager and current Italy boss Roberto Mancini admitted his interest in getting Martinelli on board ahead of games against Greece and Lichtenstein next week.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMancini told the Italian press: ‘As for Martinelli, it’s not so easy to apply to play for Italy.‘We need to wait for players with two passports. In the meantime, we’ll continue to exchange [Ciro] Immobile with [Andrea] Belotti.’More: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityIf Italy were successful in their pursuit of Martinelli, he would become the third Brazil-born player within their ranks, alongside Chelsea duo Emerson Palmieri and Jorginho.Emerson represented Brazil at U17 level in the 2011 World Cup before declaring for Italy in 2017, while Jorginho was uncapped at any level for Selecao prior to his Italy debut in 2016.Italy’s interest in Martinelli has come as a result of his promising early performances for Arsenal since his summer move from Sao Paulo-based outfit Ituano.Martinelli has scored four goals in as many games for Unai Emery’s side so far this season, netting two goals apiece in games against Nottingham Forest and Standard Liege.The youngster’s impressive performances in the cup competitions have boosted his claims for Premier League involvement and he featured for half an hour against Bournemouth on Sunday.More: Arsenal FCArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira movesThomas Partey debut? Ian Wright picks his Arsenal starting XI vs Manchester CityArsene Wenger explains why Mikel Arteta is ‘lucky’ to be managing Arsenallast_img

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