Arsenal consider offer for 21-goal Brazilian striker

SANTOS, BRAZIL: Marcos Leonardo of Santos celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the match between Santos and Botafogo as part of Brasileirao Series A 2023 at Urbano Caldeira Stadium (Vila Belmiro) on July 23, 2023. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Goal Brasil report that Santos are preparing to sell Marcos Leonardo in the January transfer window, and Arsenal have already made enquiries over the striker.

Goal deny recent reports that the Gunners have submitted a bid, but they claim it’s possible Arsenal will formalise their interest in January.

Though the exact fee hasn’t been discussed, Arsenal are aware that Santos have promised to negotiate Leonardo’s exit in the winter window.

SANTOS, BRAZIL - JULY 23: Marcos Leonardo of Santos celebrates after scoring the team's second goal during the match between Santos and Botafogo as part of Brasileirao Series A 2023 at Urbano Caldeira Stadium (Vila Belmiro) on July 23, 2023 in Santos, Brazil. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)
SANTOS, BRAZIL: Marcos Leonardo of Santos celebrates after scoring the team’s second goal during the match between Santos and Botafogo as part of Brasileirao Series A 2023 at Urbano Caldeira Stadium (Vila Belmiro) on July 23, 2023. (Photo by Ricardo Moreira/Getty Images)

Santos have been relegated from the Brazilian top division, so Leonardo could be on the market for even less than the €12m plus €6m (£10.3m plus £5.2m) AS Roma offered in the summer.

At the time, Santos turned down the bid, but their current predicament makes them more open to an offer in that region now.

Newcastle United and Real Madrid have also made contact to enquire about Leonardo’s situation, according to the same report.

Brazil's Santos Marcos Leonardo celebrates after scoring a goal against Venezuela's Deportivo Tachira during their Copa Sudamericana football tournament round-of-sixteen second-leg match, at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium in Santos, Brazil, on July 6, 2022. (Photo by PAULO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)
Brazil’s Santos Marcos Leonardo celebrates after scoring a goal against Venezuela’s Deportivo Tachira during their Copa Sudamericana football tournament round-of-sixteen second-leg match, at the Urbano Caldeira Stadium in Santos, Brazil, on July 6, 2022. (Photo by PAULO PINTO/AFP via Getty Images)

Arsenal were also linked with the same player over the summer, as the striker starred at the u20 World Cup playing alongside Marquinhos.

Leonardo scored five goals in five games at the tournament, and the 20-year-old has 21 goals in 49 games for Santos this year.

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