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Arsenal chasing £18m-rated Brazilian striker Yuri Alberto, 20, but face competition from Barcelona for summer transfer

ARSENAL are said to be pursuing highly-rated striker Yuri Alberto, according to reports.

The 20-year-old has impressed for Brazilian side Internacional this season, scoring seven goals in 17 appearances for the club.

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Alberto has caught the attention of Barcelona as well as Arsenal


Alberto has caught the attention of Barcelona as well as ArsenalCredit: AP
The striker has garnered a lot of interest after an impressive season in Brazil


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The striker has garnered a lot of interest after an impressive season in BrazilCredit: AFP

As well as performing well at club level, Alberto has also picked up two caps for the Brazil Under-23s team.

And Arsenal will be hoping they can secure the youngster’s services this summer.

According to Globoesporte, the Gunners are keen to bring Alberto in to bolster their attacking options.

But they will have to fend off interest from Spanish giants Barcelona if they are to seal the deal.

Arsenal are said to have been keeping tabs on Alberto since his time at Santos, where he netted three times in 27 games.

SER Catalunya radio reported on Thursday that he had been offered to Barcelona for the price of £11m.

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But that offer ‘did not excite’ Barca despite it appearing to be a bargain price for the young talent.

However, Internacional are still hoping they can receive a substantial fee for the striker.

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Elsewhere in the transfer window, Arsenal have made an official offer of more than £30million for Norwich star Emi Buendia.

But Norwich, who do not need to sell financially, are playing hard ball and insist they want £40m for the Championship player of the year.

The Canaries, who accept their star player will leave, expect the clubs to increase their fight over their star asset during the next couple of days but a deal could be close.

Buendia, 24, was a £1.5million bargain from Getafe in 2018 but Norwich will have to hand over 20 per cent sell-on fee to the Spanish side.

With 15 goals, Buendia helped Norwich return to the Premier League at the first attempt.

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