Arsenal are reportedly interested in Torino’s Brazilian centre back, Gleison Bremer.
That’s according to 90min, who claim that the Italian club are meeting with several clubs to discuss a possible transfer.
All three clubs are in the market for a centre-back, however, the Gunners reportedly still are in talks with Ajax over a possible move for Lisandro Martinez.
If Edu could tempt his compatriot to the Emirates, it could prove a smart piece of business as Arsenal look to sure up their defence and increase their Brazilian ranks.
The reported fee was quoted at around €30m (£25m) back in April when several clubs first showed an interest, which will surely have risen due to the competition for his signature.
To sign the 6 foot 1 defender amidst all the interest from their rivals would not only improve Mikel Arteta’s back line, but also give them a mental advantage going into the new season.
Last term, the 25-year-old featured 33 times in the league as his side slumped to a tenth-placed finish. Despite this, he did stand out as one of few impressive performers. His 7.13 average SofaScore rating is indicative of this.
In fact, out of all of his Torino teammates, this rating was only bested by his goalkeeper, of those who had played over one game that season.
It is this form that led one of teammates, Mergim Vojvoda, to praise his abilities: “[Bremer] is very strong, an animal.
“He has made an incredible leap in quality in the last year. But he can still improve a lot because he is young. He has renewed, we hope he stays because he is really strong.
“Physically, he is strong. He works hard and as soon as I arrived, I was impressed by how much he trained. He is also fast, he is tall and has made a great leap in quality on a technical level, with the ball at his feet. Work pays off, you can see it with him.”
His defensive stats are phenomenal, as he ranks in the 99th percentile for blocks and aerials won, the 98th percentile for interceptions, and the 96th percentile for clearances per 90 across Europe’s top five leagues. He clearly loves to defend, and he could act as the perfect partner to Benjamin White.
If Arsenal can get this deal over the line, it should be regarded as a masterclass by their sporting director, who will have acquired a physical demon who will do anything to stop opposition attacks, and also steal a target from their Premier League rivals.