ARSENAL have been dealt a major blow with wonderkid Joelson Fernandes reportedly on the brink of signing a new contract at Sporting.
The Gunners have been closely tracking the Portuguese superstar – who has been dubbed the ‘next Cristiano Ronaldo.’
It was even reported that Arsenal had launched a £13.6million offer to entice Fernandes to London.
The Lisbon club have been desperate to keep hold of their rising star and were eager to extend his current deal that expires in 2022.
And talkSPORT claim how they have made a major breakthrough in talks and expect Fernandes to sign a new contract this summer.
It will come as a major blow to Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta who has a limited transfer budget to work with in the off-season.
Commenting on his future after being linked with a move away, Fernandes last month admitted: “It is very flattering and I think it represents the value of my work.
“I did not look at that alleged interest very much, I am happy where I am and fighting to achieve my dream, which is to play for Sporting’s first team.
“Nobody has told me about this extension offer yet. Besides, I try not to think about these things too much. I just want to play football.”
The left winger has made four senior first-team appearances this season but is expected to play a big part in their team next campaign.
This season he broke Ronaldo’s record as the youngest ever player to represent Sporting.