Arsenal have reportedly opened talks with Brazilian outfit Gremio over a potential deal for young defender Bressan, according to reports in the Metro.
The 21 year old has emerged as one of the most highly rated young centre-backs in Brazil after a hugely impressive season with Gremio following his move from Juventus in December 2012.
The report suggests the Gunners officials have held initial talks with the Brazilian club’s hierarchy and now plan to send chief negotiator Dick Law to South America for further negotiations.
It further states that if the North London club can agree a deal, they will try and win a work permit so he could go straight into the first-team squad next term. He was recently linked with Santos, but with the Gunners knocking on the door, the young starlet could prefer a European move instead.
Wenger is currently looking for alternatives at full-back as Sagna has confirmed he will be leaving the club this summer. The 31 year old was offered a new two-year deal at the Emirates but has rejected it as he searches for a bumper pay package. The Gunners are in search for a fourth-choice centre-back, as Sagna filled that position last term, with Koscielny, Mertesacker and Vermaelen the only options.
However, Vermaelen has also been linked with a move elsewhere in search of first team football, so signing a defender has become a necessity. Bressan is a cultured and technical centre back, who likes to pass the ball out from defence and standing at 6’1″. He isn’t the tallest of defenders, but is strong in the tackle and likes to get stuck in.
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However, the problem with this potential addition is the fact that a work permit is highly unlikely, as he is yet to play for Brazil and will need to qualify for an exceptional talent permit. He is young enough to push the senior players while still having time on his side to progress at the club. He’s well suited to Arsenal’s style of play and is unlikely to cost a fortunate, so he’d definitely be worth the risk.
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