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Arsenal, Man Utd doors slam shut as €70m wonderkid has better ideas

Rising Santos star Kaiky says that he plans to stay and win a host of trophies at the Brazilian club, amid links with Manchester United and Arsenal.

The 17-year-old has emerged as one of his country’s brightest talents, along with a youngster with a similar name. But while Kayky will move to Manchester City next year, Kaiky’s future remains in Brazil. The centre-back is already on an exciting pathway with his nation’s Under-17 ranks.

He has also brewed excitement at club level, emerging in Santos’ first team this season. Last week, he kept veteran striker Carlos Tevez at bay to help his side win 1-0 in a crucial Copa Libertadores clash against Boca Juniors.

Reports in Brazil (via Sport Witness) subsequently linked United and Arsenal with a swoop. The Premier League duo, as well as Chelsea, are reportedly monitoring his progress.

Indeed, the report added that they could submit a bid in 2022, when he turns 18.

However, speaking to ESPN Brazil more recently, Kaiky insisted that he sees his future at his current employers.

“This conversation is more with my agent, but my thoughts at the moment are at Santos,” the teenager said.

“I love this club very much, I don’t want to leave soon, I want to win many titles here, it’s the club I support, the club of my heart.

“I hope to build a beautiful story here, win many titles and then think about the way out.”

Kaiky could add his name to the illustrious list of talents to have played for and left Santos for big deals elsewhere.

Neymar is the obvious name in recent seasons, the forward moving to Barcelona from Brazil. However, Real Madrid star Rodrygo is also a Santos product as well as Juventus pair Danilo and Alex Sandro.

Kaiky has three years left on his contract and a €70million (£60million) release clause in his contract.

Arsenal star set for Brazil return

Meanwhile, Arsenal’s Brazilian defender David Luiz looks set to return to his homeland, according to a report.

The centre-back signed an extension to his Gunners deal last summer and has proved a strong influence in the team.

However, that deal runs out at the end of the season and Arsenal are unlikely to keep him at the club.

READ MORE: Brazil return on cards, as truth emerges over David Luiz’s Arsenal exit

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