Arsenal are set to overhaul their squad after an average performance last season. The North London club wants to start fresh under the continuous charge of Mikel Arteta.
The Gunners want to improve many areas in the squad. Those are midfield, forward and right back areas. Arsenal also wants to bring a new goalkeeper with Bernd Leno’s future hanging in the unknown.
Arsenal interested in Bruno Guimaraes
This is after Arsenal signed midfielder Albert Sambi Lokonga from Anderlecht. Arsenal want a more experienced player to partner with Thomas Partey. Granit Xhaka will leave the Emirates in the coming days. Arsenal and AS Roma have already held discussions for the transfer, but the deal is facing a hiccup. Roma are still not convinced with the price tag of £17 million for Xhaka.
Nevertheless, Arsenal and Roma are optimistic about the deal. Lucas Torreira will also leave Arsenal this summer. While Mohamed Elneny is entering his final year on contract. In this scenario Arsenal want to bring a midfielder who can turn things around for them.
Moreover Arsenal were looking at Ruben Neves, but Manchester United took the lead on that deal. The search for a midfielder is now bringing Arsenal to Bruno Guimaraes. The Brazilian International is doing well for his club, producing brilliant performances week in week out.
Bruno Guimaraes had joined Lyon from Serie A side Athletico Paranaense in 2017 for £17 million. The Brazilian is highly regarded and looked upon in the club. In his 18 months so far at Lyon, Bruno has played 46 matches, and he has netted 3 times. He has also provided 2 assists. Bruno is now on his national duty featuring for the Brazilian national team at Tokyo Olympics in Japan.
What could Bruno Guimaraes bring to Arsenal
Bruno Guimaraes will significantly improve Arsenal’s squad and the midfield as well. He is good on the ball and also under pressure. During their last season, Arsenal were pressing man to man.
But during playing against high-intensity team, they were often caught losing the ball while on pressure. That especially came from the midfielders’ side who were often moving to the back rather than trying to move the ball forward.
Bruno Guimaraes was looking good defensively as well. No doubt he is better than Granit Xhaka at that. Bruno will provide Thomas Partey to move forward rather than always tracking back. Partey is better moving forward and not backwards. Bruno’s presence will certainly unlock Arsenal’s creative flow.
Lyon are willing to sell their midfielder but only for the right price. Lyon are reportedly asking £25.5 million for Bruno Guimaraes. Arsenal will be willing to pay that amount with the possible departures set to generate cash.
Arsenal will look to move quickly because Bruno has received interest from other clubs as well. Bruno has even stated that he is looking to play in the Premier League. Houssem Aouar is another player from the same team that has been linked with a move to Arsenal this summer.