Athletico Paranaense chairman Mario Celso Petraglia has confirmed that Arsenal are keen on signing Bruno Guimaraes.
Reports last month stated that Arsenal and Chelsea are battling it out to land Guimaraes and scouts have been deployed to Brazil to watch the 22-year-old holding midfielder in action.
Both London clubs are on the observation post for midfield reinforcements and the feedback the club have received on Guimaraes has been extremely positive.
However, the PL duo will have to see off competition from SL Benfica for the Brazil Under-23 international.
Athletico Paranaense president Petraglia has revealed that the club received an offer from Benfica for Bruno over the weekend.
‘Yes it’s true. Yesterday came the official offer from Benfica to sign Bruno Guimaraes,’ Mario told Portuguese outlet O Jogo.
‘Let’s study Benfica’s offer. On Monday we will meet the club board to assess this situation.’
While the Gunners are yet to lodge a bid for Guimaraes, Petraglia believes the north London side could make an offer for the midfielder ahead of the summer transfer market.
‘Arsenal are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the season,’ Mario added.
It’s understood the Gunners are prioritising a move for a central defender this month after Calum Chambers was ruled out for the rest of the campaign with a serious knee injury.
Mikel Arteta has confirmed that he is keen to strengthen his defensive options and Nathan Ake, Jerome Boateng and Dayot Upamecano have all been linked in recent weeks.