New Arsenal technical director Edu has wasted no time in identifying targets for the Gunners, and has made contact with Gremio over the possible transfer of Brazil winger Everton Soares, according to Globo Esporte.
The 23-year-old won the Golden Boot at the recent Copa America, netting three times including a strike in the final as his country defeated Peru 3-1 to lift the trophy on home soil.
At club level, he has been a key member of the Gremio side since his late teens but appears ready to move on, with further interest coming from top European outfits such as Atletico Madrid and AC Milan.
From Arsenal’s perspective, they were in the hunt for Wilfried Zaha from Crystal Palace but their bid of £40 million for the Ivory Coast star was knocked back emphatically by the Eagles, who are thought to value him at around double that price.
The club is widely speculated to have only around £50 million to work with during this summer’s transfer window, meaning manager Unai Emery will likely have to look for cheaper alternatives to his main targets.
Coming from outside Europe, Everton could be a shrewd acquisition and his relatively tender years mean he will be expected to increase in value over the coming seasons.
While short in stature, the wide man’s natural pace and direct dribbling should suit the Premier League well, and his eye for goal would take some of the burden away from Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.
The only stumbling block would be Arsenal’s lack of Champions League football next term, and with Atletico already in the hunt and others sure to be alerted by his recent international performances, competition for his signature will be high.
The Gunners open their Premier League campaign with a trip to Newcastle United on August 11 and will hope to have a number of new faces on board by then.