Arsenal are reportedly interested in adding Torino centre-back Gleison Bremer to their squad ahead of the 2022/23 campaign. The Gunners have shown strong intent in the summer transfer window so far. They have finalised deals for Matt Turner, Fabio Vieira, Marquinhos, and Gabriel Jesus.
The North London side are determined to strengthen the squad further still, and have been heavily linked to reinforcements in defence and midfield. Adrien Rabiot, Lisandro Martinez, and Nahuel Molina have all been linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium.
Torino defender Gleison Bremer has become the latest player to be linked with Arsenal. The 25-year-old has established himself as one of the best defenders in Serie A in the 2021/22 season. Since his arrival in 2018, Bremer has made 110 appearances for the Italian club.
In the 2021-22 season, the Brazilian got 3 goals and 1 assist from 33 games (stats via transfermarkt). Torino have fixed a price of £43million for the deferder. The Granata are trying to acquire the best possible deal for Bremer as they consider his stocks to be at the highest right now.
Arsenal Join The Race For Gleison Bremer
According to 90min, Torino sporting director Davide Vagnati is headed to London to hold talks with several Premier League clubs over a possible move. Arsenal, Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur are all interested in signing Gleison Bremer. However, Inter Milan remain favourites to land the Brazilian defender.
Bremer himself has given a couple of hints about his future. The Brazilian told Flow Sport Club (via Football Italia):
“I am unsure whether I’ll remain in Italy or go abroad. One fundamental thing is to play the Champions League next season. This is fundamental to continuing my growth. We’ll define everything in the next few days or weeks.”
Besides his desire for Champions League football, Bremer has also expressed his preference for a particular system which has handed Tottenham and Chelsea another boost. As reported by the Liverpool Echo, the 25-year-old said:
“I prefer a three-man defence because it’s in line with the system with which I’ve consecrated myself.
I’ve learned how to use my head on the pitch. It’s not a natural quality, you must learn it. You need to understand when it’s the right time to press and when you need to track back.”
While Gleison Bremer is an excellent player, Arsenal may not be the right club for him to join for a number of reasons:
- Arsenal already have Rob Holding and Ben White for the RCB role. The inclusion of William Saliba only strengthens Arsenal’s depth in that position.
- On the other hand, Arsenal sorely lack depth on the left side. While White, Holding and Takehiro Tomiyasu can all fill in down the left, Gabriel is Arteta’s only left-footed centre-half. Auston Trusty is also likely to leave on loan this summer. If the Gunners are to sign a centre-back, it should be cover for Gabriel and not White.
- Arsenal already have considerable depth in the centre-back position. Spending over £40 million on a backup in itself is excessive. It becomes even harder to justify such a transfer fee when the Gunners are hunting for players in other positions too. Backup full-backs and a new midfielder are more important than a new central defender.
- By Bremer’s own confession, he is better suited for a 3-man-back formation. Arteta has largely altered between a 4-3-3 and 4-2-3-1 with good success. It seems unlikely that the Spaniard will abandon his preferred set-up for which he has assembled the right personnel ahead of the next season.
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