The rumours are fairly solid concerning Arsenal and their interest in Bruno Guimaraes (22) of Athletico Paranaense. There has been competition in the form of a scouting party from Chelsea and a more substantial inquiry from Benfica but Arsenal’s technical director Edu appears to have put the North London club in pole position.
Let’s be fair, there aren’t many people in football circles that haven’t heard of Edu through his association with the Brazil national team and his connections are vast.
As a result, Arsenal’s TD knows the Brazilian market inside out and has kept tabs on a host of exciting young players. It was another reason for his appointment because the South American market and Brazil in particular, have long been overlooked by the premiership.
Although Arsenal haven’t always had success with their acquisitions from Brazil and apart from Gilberto Silva and Edu, the others were a mixed bag. Silvinho, Eduardo da Silva, Julio Baptista, Denilson, Andre Santos and Juan faired less well in an Arsenal shirt, but Edu’s capture of Gabriel Martinelli has more than compensated for those questionable decisions.
So what would Guimaraes bring to Arsenal ?
He’s seen as a future general of the Brazilian midfield and on observing him you realise why. He can pass, long or short into space and directly to feet courtesy of an exquisite vision. The passes from his repertoire include use of the flanks or through the middle, which are complimented by his driving runs which often catch the opposition flat with just one accurate pass from inside his own half.
Guimaraes picks up from just outside his penalty area and looks for a runner which he obliges with a pinpoint pass. That will be music to the ears of Pepe, Aubameyang, Lacazette, Nelson or Saka. The only danger with this transfer is the transition from Paranaense to the Premier League and the expectations of fans.
The price could be anywhere between £12.5m and £17m depending the selling club’s valuation and the usual incentives and the usual add-ons. Some media sources claim that the youngster’s current club are using Arsenal to crank up the price but given the fact that Edu has fingers in a lot of pies back home, that is more speculation than fact.
The Brazilian midfielder would certainly add appetite and drive to Arsenal’s midfield and it’s entirely conceivable that the team could be built around him.