Report: Arsenal officials in Brazil to secure Everton Soares deal
Arsenal are reportedly stepping up their efforts to bring Brazilian winger Everton Soares to the club, with multiple reports pointing towards the Gunners making a success of their pursuit of the 23-year-old.
Brazilian outlet UOL (via Sport Witness) has suggested that while Gremio are yet to receive a bid for Everton, the influence of newly appointed Arsenal technical director Edu gives the club a higher chance of securing a deal for the Brazilian forward.
It also states that while a number of European sides are interested in the winger’s signature, the Premier League is the player’s preferred destination, on the back of ending Brazil’s successful Copa America campaign as the competition’s top scorer.
Meanwhile, in Italy, Calcio Mercato have reported that upon AC Milan looking less likely to bring Everton to the San Siro, so Arsenal are the club who seemingly remain best-placed to sign the player.
It is believed that the Gunners have made an offer – despite conflicting reports – of €35m (£31.5m), which is thought to be some way short of Gremio’s revised value (following his Copa America exploits) of €45m (£40.5m).
According to the Italian source, it is thought that meeting Gremio in the middle at €40m (£36m) will be enough for Arsenal to secure his services – with officials flying out to Brazil to finalise a deal.
The presence of Edu – who was part of the Brazil setup while Everton helped his country to Copa America glory on home soil – has been described as ‘fundamental’ in negotiations for a possible transfer.
It seems as though Everton Soares won’t come cheap, which could cause a bit of intrigue regarding the rest of Arsenal’s business this window – with only £40m reportedly available at their disposal.
But their recent outlay on William Saliba – who is set to become an Arsenal player in the near future – suggests that perhaps there is more than meets the eye as far as their transfer budget is concerned.
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