According to a recent report by Tutto Mercato Web, Arsenal have sent scouts to catch Francisco Trincao in action for Braga ahead of a potential move during this January transfer window. The same report has also revealed that Unai Emery has received glowing reports from his scouts which could see the Gunners make a move for the Liga NOS prospect before the end of this month. However, they could face still competition from Juventus who are also interested in securing the player’s services.
The 19-year-old has put in some eye-catching displays for Braga’s B team during this campaign, making seven league starts for them this term. At such a young age, he has already shown glimpses of his incredible potential on the pitch.
However, Emery has disclosed in recent weeks that the North London outfit will only sign players on loan in January which could see them miss out on the Portuguese wonderkid especially if Juventus come calling for him before the end of this month. The Express mentioned a quote by the Arsenal manager recently who said, “We cannot sign anyone permanently,”
“Only loan players this January.”
With so much football still left to play in this campaign, the Gunners could benefit from acquiring a young striker who could potentially develop his game under the watchful eyes of Emery. Moreover, a player like Trincao could also learn a lot from vastly experienced and successful forwards such as Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
Trincao is highly versatile and can play in any position across the frontline, although, he primarily operates as a secondary striker for the Braga B team. The Viana do Castelo born forward grew up playing football back in his homeland before coming through the youth ranks of Braga. He is slowly coming into the first-team picture at the Portuguese club, and so a move to Arsenal could hamper his progress as the jury is still out on whether moving to the Emirates Stadium this month will be the correct option for the player.
The addition of Trincao will undoubtedly bolster Emery’s attacking options at the North London club. However, the Portuguese youngster is still quite raw and needs to be nurtured properly if he is to become a world-class forward in the coming years.
Hence, it makes a lot of sense for the Gunners to go for a player with massive potential as he could help them challenge for some major silverware in a few years time.