As is always the case with most of the biggest and best clubs in Europe, trying to get a head-start on rivals in order to capture the newest sensation breaking on to the scene is a major battleground. Scouts are flooding everywhere to cast a keen eye on rising stars or those who have gone under the radar, and Bruno Guimaraes certainly fits under the latter.
The 22-year-old has been plying his trade in his native Brazil for Athletico Paranaense, making a total of 84 appearances for the club. And according to his club’s president, Arsenal are monitoring his developments closely ahead of a potential summer move.
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Speaking to Portuguese publication O Jogo, Mario Celso Petraglia confirmed that as well as Benfica making a firm offer for the Brazilian, the Gunners have also made their interest clear, but that the north Londoners will take action on that at the end of the season.
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After hearing his comments, Arsenal fans took to Twitter to voice their thoughts on their club’s interest in the central midfielder.
That is good news!
— sam (@sam67306018) 13 January 2020
— Humayd (@HumaydHaider) 13 January 2020
Some Gunners fans felt technical director Edu is set to tap into his knowledge of Brazilian football, with one supporter in particular revealing that they “trusted” the Invincibles hero’s ability to spot talent.
Building the squad smartly. I trust Edu’s knowledge of Brazilian players.
— Lawrence Sciambra (@LawrenceSciambr) 14 January 2020
@NEArsena1 edu masterclass?
— faz thomas (@FaZeBezerk) 13 January 2020
Edu really our Brazilian plug… lurv it https://t.co/SfImhjQ59s
— Martinelli The Assassin (@Pundit_Afc) 14 January 2020
The Edu Effect https://t.co/sITFA8vjQS
— Dan (@DanAFC_) 13 January 2020
A couple of fans of the north London side lauded Bruno as a highly-promising midfielder, and that he would be exactly what they need.
Arguably the most talented midfielder in Brazil right now along with Reinier Jesus (Going to Real Madrid this summer).
It would be one of our smartest signings in recent years.
— WorldwideArsenal™ (@WorldwideAFC) 13 January 2020
— Afc Henry (@AfcHry) 14 January 2020
Following Edu’s arrival as the club’s technical director back in the summer, the Brazilian market may well be something Arsenal begin to tap into a little bit more. And certainly after the incredible success Gabriel Martinelli has enjoyed since arriving from little-known Ituano – he has scored eight goals in 19 games this season – the north London side may be able to unearth some more hidden gems.
At only 22, Guimaraes still has plenty of room to improve, and he could do exactly that under Arteta’s guidance at the Emirates.