Arsenal could suffer a transfer hit while Barcelona seems ready to sign one of its goals: the teenage defender Yan Couto.

The seventeen year old, who plays on the right back for the Brazilian team Coritiba, has received rave reviews and it seems inevitable that he will move to Europe sooner rather than later.

Artists such as Bayer Leverkusen of Gunners and Bundesliga are said to show an interest, with Coritiba valuing Couto at around £ 4.2 million.

However, according to Globoesporte, it is Barcelona who stole a race gear to sign the Brazilian under-17 international, with the giants of La Liga who are approaching an agreement to bring the player to Camp Nou.

Yan Couto’s businesses with Brazil have attracted interest in Europe

La Barca has a long history of success with Brazilian players, with legends such as Ronaldo, Ronaldinho and Rivaldo playing for the club, and Coritiba could be the next one from the South American country to manage its trade in Catalonia.

Coritiba starred while helping Brazil with the U-17 World Cup last year, creating an assist in the final to help his country beat Mexico 2-1.

His coach of the youth team Eduardo Barroca recently said: “I know him very well because I have followed the youth teams a lot. Of course, he is an excellent player.

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“He is a very young player and he is already consolidating himself as the best player. We are working normally in these first days and we expect to count on him in the period in which he is here.”

Arsenal have yet to sign so far this month, but Mikel Arteta hopes desperately to add at least one or two players before the window closes in less than two weeks.

The Gunners will face a complicated-looking game on Saturday when they host top-tier Sheffield United in the Premier League.

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