Arsenal set to meet £41m transfer clause to land 'next Cristiano Ronaldo' Joelson Fernandes from Sporting Lisbon

ARSENAL are reportedly ready to pay the £41million release clause of Sporting Lisbon star Joelson Fernandes – dubbed the next Cristiano Ronaldo.

Fernandes drew the instant comparison when he broke Ronaldo's record as the youngest ever player to represent Sporting.

And now, according to Portuguese website A Bola, the Gunners are not wasting time in getting the 17-year-old winger on board.

The Londoners are reported to be "on the verge" of triggering the teen's release clause.

But as you might expect with a player compared to the great Ronaldo, there is plenty of interest.

Barcelona and Juventus are both said to be monitoring the situation.

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