The Gunners are said to have enlisted the help of some emissaries recently to sound out their chances of recruiting the highly-rated 17-year-old.
Arsenal’s interest has led to Sporting’s hierarchy upping their efforts to secure the winger to a new long-term contract – importantly one that would raise Fernandes’ release clause.
Joelson’s release clause stands at €45m, Sporting are keen on raising this to €100m.
However, the ace and his representatives don’t want the fee to exceed €80m because of the pressure that a three-figure clause would bring on the talent.
Sporting’s track record of producing talents that go on to become world-class speaks for itself, so it’s not surprising to see how keen the club are on protecting their prized asset with a better release clause.
Just like last summer, much is…