Arsenal have been handed a boost in the race for Romulo after Spartak Moscow hero Valery Rheingold told the club to let him join the Gunners.
The Londoners are thought to be eyeing a January deal for the Brazil star – which would involve Yaya Sanogo heading the other way on loan – with Arsene Wenger desperate to bolster his engine room in the New Year.
The 24-year-old has been impressive in Russia since his 2012 move from Vasco da Gama in his homeland, and is considered to be an important first-team player despite his injury problems.
But Rheingold – who turned out for the Moscow giants in his playing days – feels that the time is right to sell the midfielder and that denying him a big transfer may backfire:
“In general Romulo is a useful player who gets through a lot of work.” He is quoted by The Express.
“He is better than Rafael Carioca and the other Spartak options but I can’t say he’s indispensable.
“By nature he is not a leader. Yes, the Brazilian is a good player but if the offer is there to sell him you need to let him go.
“If Romulo learns that Spartak won’t let him go to Arsenal then he may harbour resentment and not play worse after the failed move.
“It is necessary for the Red and Whites to trust their youth academy graduates and stop relying so much on foreigners.”