Arsenal are ramping up their interest in signing Sporting youngster Joelson Fernandes, according to reports.

As well as the Gunners, 17-year-old Joelson is being monitored by clubs such as Barcelona and RB Leipzig as he closes in on a first-team debut for Portugal.

From Cristiano Ronaldo to Nani, and Luis Figo to Ricardo Quaresma; Sporting's conveyor belt of talent is well renowned.

Joelson is considered by those at the club to be the next in line and as such they are pulling out all the stops to convince him to sign a new contract.

The wonderkid's current deal includes a release clause of £40m, but Sporting are so confident about his potential that they’d like to raise it to £90m.

But Joelson and his representatives don’t want to go any higher than £70m over fears of the pressure a three-figure sum would place on his young shoulders.