The forward has netted an impressive 17 goals in 13 games for Internacional, consequently attracting interest from all around Europe.
Damiao recently signed a new long-term contract in the summer and many believed this would tie him down to Brazilian football for a longer period, however reports are suggesing that he may leave in January as it would represent a cheaper deal for any club, rather than in the summer.
Currently the striker does not possess a EU passport, but at the age of 22 he has already received four full caps for Brazil and is likely to acquire a work permit anyway.
His representatives Sivori & Asociados told Sky Italia:
The big clubs wait to take player like him, to be sure that a player does well, that he can prove himself.
In January, Damiao would cost less than now, but was still considered a risk.
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Now Damiao has important requests: there is a good offer of Tottenham, one from Arsenal and even some Spanish clubs are sounding out Internacional.
It’s normal: he’s a striker born in 1989, he attracts a lot interest. It should be considered, however, that he has the non-EU passport.
Could Damiao be bought in January by Arsenal? It seems highly unlikely, especially with Ju Young Park, Chamakh and youngster Watt wanting game time and Joel Campbell away on loan. However with van Persies future uncertain the Gunners would be foolish not to look far and wide for alternative options up front.