Touted as the man that Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is prepared to pay Fiorentina £15million for to add some steel to the midfield at the Emirates Stadium. The Brazilian enforcer could be just what the Gunners need. But who exactly is Felipe Melo? The Transfer Tavern asked Football Fancast columnist The New Voice of Football to investigate.
After blaming the defensive qualities of his Premiership side for Arsenal falling short last season. The French voyeur Wenger has been heavily linked with a £15million raid on the Viola for Felipe to add, well some much needed backbone in the heart of his midfield.
The Arsenal ‘Tacticianado’ seemingly ready to forego his addiction for signing attacking players and bring in Felipe, who caused quite a storm in his debut season in Serie A at the Stadio Artemio Franchi last term. The Brazilian International picking up 17 yellow cards and 3 reds in establishing himself as the new midfield enforcer in the Italian top-flight and has gained a reputation for being a touch fiery. Just what Arsenal need?
Arsenal were heavily linked with a swoop for the Brazilian in the January transfer window, despite Felipe only having arrived in Florence from La Liga outfit Almeria in a €8million switch last summer.
“I know lots of clubs are interested in me, Arsenal is one of them, but my agent deals with all of this,” Melo told Il Corriere Fiorentino in January.
The latest reports suggesting Fiorentina are ready to let the Brazilian leave if an offer in excess of £14million arrives, with Inter Milan also interested in Felipe. Ironically to replace an ageing Patrick Vieira, who Arsenal, are also still trying to replace four-years after he left North London. A £15million offer from the Gunners said to be imminent in some quarters.
Well as you can see Felipe certainly knows how to put his foot in and being Brazilian has clearly got more than a decent touch. The midfielder has also recently discovered a knack for scoring on the International stage bagging 3 in 8 caps for his country since taking his bow for the Verde e Amarelo in February this year.
Under contract at the Viola until 2012, which would appear not to have too much worth as the Brazilian at the age of 25 is already at his 7th club since making his senior debut for Flamengo in 2001. There has to be a question mark regarding Felipe’s loyalty, though it could be said all his transfers to date have been to go to a bigger team. That said it does look like the Brazilian can bring something to Wenger’s side, however long he stays, should he arrive as expected.
So is the abrasive Brazilian enforcer the player to add the steel Arsenal need in their midfield at the Emirates? Will Felipe, should he arrive in the Premier League Fly and fill the big boots of Patrick? Or will he Die on his backside and slope off into the sunset like a Djemba-Djemba, remember him?
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