The reliable Globoesporte have this evening confirmed that Arsenal are preparing a move for Athletico Paranaense star Bruno Guimaraes.
Guimaraes, a 22-year-old deep-lying midfielder, is regarded as one of the finest young talents in his home country of Brazil.
After coming up through the youth ranks of Sao Paulo-based Audax during the early years of his fledgling career, Guimaraes secured a permanent move to Athletico Paranaense in 2018, on the back of a season on loan at the Estádio Joaquim Américo.
And the South American has since gone on to establish himself as a key member of Dorival Junior’s squad.
Last season saw Guimaraes rack up 35 appearances across all competitions, as Athletico secured a 5th-place finish in the Campeonato Brasileiro.
In addition, the midfielder directly contributed to a none-too-shabby 7 goals.
As such, Guimaraes’ talents have inevitably begun to catch the eye of some of European football’s heavyweights.
In the past, the likes of AC Milan, Inter Milan, Lille and Chelsea have been named as keen admirers of the Brazilian.
As per the aforementioned report from reliable Brazilian outlet Globoesporte, though, it is another club who appear to have jumped to the front of the queue for Guimaraes’ signature.
The outfit in question? Arsenal.
As was first reported by Goal, and has since been backed by Globo’s sources, the Gunners have set up a meeting with the Brazilian U23 international’s representatives in London over the coming days.
At this meeting, the capital giants are expected to table their first official bid for Guimaraes.
Paranaense’s board are said to be seeking a fee between 25 and 30 million Euro for their midfield enforcer, having already rejected an offer from Portuguese giants Benfica this month.
Mais um clube na briga!
— globoesportecom (@globoesportecom) January 17, 2020