Arsenal interested in signing 6 ft 1 in South American defender

PL giants are tracking the progress and development of Santos centre-back Kaiky Fernandes, along with a few other top clubs in Europe, including Ajax. Having initially began his football training with Portuaruios, U17 Brazil international switched to the Santos youth academy in 2013 and has since seen a rapid rise through the ranks.

Despite being just 17 years of age, Kaiky made his senior debut for the Brazilian club earlier this year and has since gone on to feature nine times, chipping in with a goal as well. A former captain of the Brazil Under-16 national team, Fernandes is held in the highest of regards in his homeland.

The 17-year-old centre-back has earned plaudits for his personality as well as his ability on the ball, which has now unsurprisingly led to interest in him from top clubs in Europe, including Gunners. Gunners have ramped up their scouting in South America under their current sporting director Edu.

Pablo Mari was signed from Brazilian club Flamengo last year while Arsenal have also been recently linked with a move for Santos’ striker Kaio Jorge. And now, it looks like the Brazilian is the latest player to emerge on their radars.

Kaiky is more likely to be seen as one for the future by Arsenal and would potentially line up for the club’s Under-18 setup or the reserves, much like January signing Omar Rekik if Arsenal do sign him.

However, given how first-team the Spanish boss has not been shy of giving youth a chance, a move to Arsenal could certainly be of appeal for Kaiky.