Arsenal closely monitoring No.11 South American rising star

The London giants are among the teams keeping a close eye on Yuri Alberto. They have been tracking the progress of the Internacional striker for quite some time now, although they are now joined by Barcelona in the chase. Blaugrana was even offered the sign U23 Brazil international for only €13m, but they could not kickstart the talks.

Internacional are now demanding nearly €15m-€20m, as they brace themselves for life without Yuri. Alberto has raised a lot of eyebrows in his native Brazil with his displays for Internacional. Last year, the 20-year-old striker netted nine goals in 23 games in the Brazilian top-flight, helping his club finish second in the league, narrowly missing out on the title by a point.

Gunners, though, have been monitoring the development of the Brazilian centre-forward since his days at Santos. He was even closely linked with a transfer to Arsenal before his move to Internacional, but it appears the Spanish coach is now set to complete a swoop for the striker this summer.

Arsenal are expected to make quite a few changes to their roster, following a disappointing season. However, the club is running short when it comes to revenue, forcing Mikel Arteta to explore cost-effective options rather than going all out on desired targets like Martin Odegaard, who is expected to cost €60m.

La Liga giants are facing a similar problem, though, perhaps a more serious one as the club’s Joan Laporta has to pay multiple debts that have accumulated over the past five campaigns. The Spanish club have only signed free agents like Sergio Aguero and Eric Garcia this summer and tempted to even lose talents like Ilaix Moriba.