Athletico Paranaense’s president Mario Celso Petraglia has confirmed Arsenal have been monitoring midfielder Bruno Guimaraes.
The Gunners are said to be lining up a summer move for the Brazil U23 international, who is also apparently interesting Chelsea.
Guimaraes made 25 appearances in the Brazilian Serie A last year and caught the eye with several strong performances at the base of the team’s midfield.
The combative and tenacious 22-year-old’s stock has been rising, and Petraglia has now validated claims of interest from the Gunners.
He told O Jogo: “Arsenal are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the season.”
Speaking about his future in a press conference, Guimaraes himself said: “I am focused exclusively on selection and I ask my advisors to tell me little of what is going on. And the little I knew was that there were contacts.”
According to a report from Goal Brazil, Athletico would accept around £21 million for the youngster.
TBR’s view – More success from Brazil?
Arsenal may feel compelled to sign Guimaraes following the success of their latest important from Brazil Gabriel Martinelli.
The 2019 summer signing from Ituano, now 18, has been a breath of fresh air for the Gunners this term despite the collective struggles of the team.
Perhaps the north Londoners could strike it lucky again with Guimaraes, who has huge promise.