Arsenal are heavily linked to young Brazilian talent compared to Lionel Messi

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Arsenal have their sights set on further strengthening their squad with the hunt for Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian.

The Gunners, who are enjoying a solid campaign and are Premier League title contenders, are reportedly among several clubs vying for the signature of the highly touted Palmeiras prospect.

On their return to the Champions League after years away, Arsenal reached the quarter-finals, showing the progress made under Edu and manager Mikel Arteta. However, the club recognizes the need for continued improvement, with the upcoming summer transfer window providing an opportunity for further reinforcement.

A report from Brazil, as cited by UOLsuggests that Arsenal, alongside Manchester City, Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, are in talks with Palmeiras over the acquisition of 17-year-old Estevao Willian.

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Despite Palmeiras coach Abel Ferreira’s desire to keep the talented youngster until 2027, indications point to a possible departure as both the player and his representatives are reportedly in favor of a move.

Arsenal are interested in Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian

Arsenal are interested in Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian Arsenal interested in Brazilian wonderkid Estevao Willian (Image credit: Getty Images)

The report outlines the potential terms of the deal, with Arsenal reportedly considering an initial offer of €30 million (£25 million), with add-ons that could potentially increase the total transfer fee to €55-60 million (£47-51 million).

However, additional terms and conditions may apply, especially if the transfer fee exceeds €45 million (£39 million), with strict performance-based targets such as goal tally, European appearances and international call-ups.


Estevao Willian’s potential arrival at Arsenal would represent a major statement of intent from the North London club, highlighting their ambition to secure one of the most promising talents in world football.

Football Talent Scout‘Jacek Kulig has drawn comparisons between Estevao and football greats Lionel Messi and Takefusa Kubo, awarding the Brazilian wonderkid a rare perfect score of 10 for potential, with expectations that he will reach ‘world class’ status.

Further support comes from scouting outlet SFTBLpraising Estevao’s ability to produce moments of brilliance on the pitch, attributing his success to a combination of intelligence, technique and athleticism.

Described as a player who can execute both conventional and innovative moves with equal finesse, Estevao represents a potentially transformative addition to the Arsenal squad.

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