Arsenal have enquired after Athletico Paranaense midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to the Brazi club’s president Mario Celso Petraglia.
The 22-year-old, a member of the Brazil under-23 side that is hoping to qualify for the Tokyo Olympics, is also the subject of an approach from Portuguese side Benfica.
It doesn’t sound like we’re looking at Guimaraes as a January recruit, we just seem to be putting out feelers for the summer.
Midfield is an area Mikel Arteta quite obviously needs to reinforce, especially with the long-term future of Granit Xhaka still in doubt. What’s more with Edu’s little black book in play, it wouldn’t be surprising if we’re looking a little deeper at what’s on offer in South America.
Asked about interest in his player from Portugal, Petraglia told publication O Jogo (relayed via Goal.com): “Yes it’s true. Yesterday came the official offer from Benfica to sign Bruno Guimaraes.
“Let’s study Benfica’s offer. On Monday we will meet the club board to assess this situation.
“Arsenal are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the season.”
Guimaraes is valued at around £20 million.