Victor Andrade possesses no shortage of potential. Yet, while the Santos forward could eventually develop into a star, he's still an extremely raw talent. So Arsenal shouldn't make a major investment in the coveted commodity with other needs to fill.
The Gunners are one of several Premier League clubs linked to the Brazilian youth international. Ben Jefferson of the Daily Express reports Chelsea and Manchester City are also interested, with Liverpool and Newcastle also waiting for developments in the situation.
Andrade, who made his debut for Santos as a 16-year-old and has been labeled the 'new Neymar,' is yet to sign a new contract at Santos as a host of European clubs hover to sign the youngster.
For Arsenal, the biggest problem with having so many clubs interested is it means Andrade likely won't come cheap. If it becomes clear he's available, the competition between EPL rivals is probably going to cause the total price to skyrocket.
Although Arsene Wenger doesn't lack the necessary resources, as illustrated by the public pursuit of Liverpool superstar Luis Suarez, he must target proven assets with those funds. Andrade doesn't belong in that category at this point in his career.
Clubs like Chelsea and Manchester City have the flexibility to take more chances. They could take a chance on a rising star like Andrade and not have to worry about how it would impact smaller moves they might need on the horizon.
Wenger doesn't have that luxury. If he were to win a bidding war for the Santos star and the forward doesn't pan out as expected, it will be a setback as the Gunners attempt to make up ground on Manchester United and the other top clubs.
The other issue is comments made by Andrade. Steve Stammers of the Daily Mirror passed along remarks from the hyped target, who talked about finding a way to make the Brazilian national team for next year's World Cup.
It is a very exciting prospect for me. My dream is to play for Brazil in the World Cup and I believe that moving to Europe will help me because it will help my all-round game.
I have no problem with Santos. They have helped me a lot. But I think the time is right for me to experience a change.
There's nothing wrong with shooting for the stars from a player's perspective. However, in order to reach that goal, Andrade would have to receive consistent playing time in one of Europe's top leagues. Otherwise it would be nearly impossible to beat out enough players to make the Brazilian roster.
Arsenal can't make that type of commitment to a player who still hasn't fully established himself with Santos. The Gunners could use another player or two to bolster their attack, but there's a gigantic difference between Suarez and Andrade.
Many times, taking a chance on a 17-year-old player with upside is worth the risk. Usually it's when they come at a smaller price, limiting the potential downside. But that's not the case here as Andrade generates interest from across the Premier League.
Arsenal should continue to aggressively seek options to upgrade their squad before the transfer window closes. Andrade just doesn't seem like the right fit at the current time, however.
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