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Arsenal tried to sign Portuguese wonderkid for 20m fee, claims his father

Arsenal have tried to sign Sporting Portugal youngster Joelson Fernandes this summer, claims his agent. The teenager has already made his first-team debut at the Portuguese giants, despite aged 17. His performances for the U23 team have attracted the interest from several clubs from Europe and according to his father Arsenal made a €20m bid this summer.

“It had to be a thoughtful decision, because my wish as a father and agent, on the day that Joelson Fernandes leaves Sporting, is to be friendly and through the big door, but not through the back door,” Eusebio Mango Fernandes told Guinea Bissau news outlet O Democrata. “It was an extremely difficult and very complicated process, because there were tough moments in the negotiations for Joelson Fernandes to stay at Sporting.”

“My wish was always for him to stay at the club, but due to his quality as a footballer, he had calls from several European clubs. Despite these very tempting offers, as an agent, I ended up dispensing with these invitations, despite knowing that I needed those millionaire offers, but I thought that in life money isn’t everything, because we must be aware that there’s a word called ‘gratitude’, for that, we are grateful to Sporting for what they gave.”

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