Arsenal are interested in signing Athletico Paranaense star Bruno Guimaraes, according to the Brazilian club’s president.
Paranaense chief Mario Celso Petraglia confirmed Arsenal had been monitoring the player, but face competition from Benfica for his signature.
Both Arsenal and Chelsea have sent scouts to watch the 22-year-old defensive midfielder, and the feedback has been positive.
However Benfica are leading the race to land Guimaraes, after making an offer at the weekend, while Arsenal are not believed to be in a position to sign him until the summer.
Petraglia told Portuguese outlet O Jogo ( via Metro ): “Yes it’s true. Yesterday came the official offer from Benfica to sign Bruno Guimaraes.
“Let’s study Benfica’s offer. On Monday we will meet the club board to assess this situation.
“Arsenal are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the season.”