DAZN commentator Gustavo Fogaca has told Italian outlet Milan News that Arsenal have joined AC Milan and FC Porto in scouting Internacional centre-back Bruno Fuchs ahead of the summer window.
Mikel Arteta signed Spanish defender Pablo Mari on a loan-to-buy deal from Brazilian side Flamengo in the January window and is widely expected to complete a permanent move. Gabriel Martinelli joined the Gunners from Brazilian side Ituano last summer.
Now, they could raid a third Brazilian club in the space of 12 months – this time in 21-year-old defender Fuchs. The Brazil Under-23 international has clocked up 14 senior appearances for Internacional and is one of the country’s best prospects.
Speaking about Milan’s chances of signing Fuchs, commentator Fogaca stated that Milan have been joined by Arsenal and Porto in the race to sign the centre-back and could be available for a bargain figure between £1.7million and £4.5million.
“AC Milan, Arsenal and Porto haveo sent their scouts to Porto Alegre to analyse the player,” Fogaca said. “But nobody has made a written proposal. However, Internacional president Marcelo Medeiros, said he was willing to sell the young defender.”
Discussing Fuchs’ valuation, Fogaca stated: “It is very difficult to make an exact estimate, especially now in times of a pandemic. Maybe, between 2-5 million euros (£1.7m-£4.5million), but it is difficult to be precise.”
TBR’s view – Fuchs a decent addition, but Arsenal need to aim higher
Instead of bringing young defensive players to the club that have a chance of a future at Arsenal – but are not a definite – Arsenal need to finally end their defensive woes and spend big on one leader at the back.
A Kalidou Koulibaly, Dayot Upamecano-type central defender. Fuchs would be a very good signing on the cheap but Arsenal should be focusing on a big-money defender that is proven at the very top – rather than a player like Fuchs.