Arsenal in negotiations to sign highly rated defensive midfielder

Arsenal have begun talks in their chase for Gremio star Walace Souza Silva as they look to rebuild the squad during the summer window, Transfer Market Web reports.

The 20-year-old is being compared to former club star Gilberto Silva and is already part of the Brazil Under-20 international squad.

However, the Gunners are not alone in the chase for the highly rated defensive midfielder given that Fiorentina and Benfica are also being linked with his services.

It is now said that manager Arsene Wenger has already pushed talks with the player in order to convince him to make a move to the English Premier League.

His potential move could be halted given that Walace doesn’t have a EU passport, a factor that could see him be denied a work permit.

Wenger is still in the market for another defensive midfielder despite only signing Mohamed Elneny during the January window.

Walace is believed to be valued by Gremio at around the £6.5million region and has featured 34 times for his side last season while managing to provide one assist in the process.