Cape Town - Arsenal are set to intensify their pursuit of Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports in Brazil.
The 22-year-old was confirmed as a Gunners transfer target earlier
this week by Athletico Paranaense president Mario Celso Petraglia, but
he believed Arsenal would not make a move until the summer.
"Arsenal are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the season," he is quoted as saying.
However, concerns that he could move elsewhere have sparked the
notoriously-slow Londoners into action and they could be tempted into
bringing forward a bid for the Brazil Under-23 star.
Goal Brasil claim Arsenal will accelerate their pursuit of Guimaraes
and eye a January deal with Edu leading talks with Athletico Paranaense,
who have already rejected a €20 million bid from Benfica.
It is also understood that Arsenal’s long-serving Brazilian scout Everton Gushiken has tracked the midfielder since 2017.
And the club sent a scout to Gran Canaria in November to monitor him
as he played alongside Gabriel Martinelli for the Brazilian Olympic
squad at the Torneio de Tenerife.
Edu showed his instincts were right when he swooped to sign long-time
Manchester United target Martinelli from Ituano in the summer, for whom
great things are predicted
And it is reported that one of the reasons for Arsenal’s sudden
urgency in setting up a deal for Guimaraes is the return of former scout
Sandro Orlandelli – a South American talent spotter who has been
re-hired by the Gunners from Manchester United.
Like Martinelli, Guimaraes holds a European Union passport so he would not require a work permit to play in the UK.
Meanwhile, boss Mikel Arteta has ruled out moves for two rumoured transfer targets.
Speaking at his press conference on Wednesday, the Spaniard said
there is "no truth" in reports that Arsenal will make moves for
Manchester City centre-back John Stones or AC Milan midfielder Franck
- TeamTalk Media