Arsenal director of football Edu has held talks with Brazilian side Athletico Paranaense over a potential deal to sign midfielder Bruno Guimaraes, according to reports.
Recent reports have linked the Gunners with interest in the 22-year-old, who made 33 appearances in all competitions last season.
However, those reports suggested that Arsenal were running the risk of losing out on Guimaraes’ signature to Benfica, who are believed to have submitted a €20m offer.
It has also been claimed that Athletico rejected that bid given that the player has a €40m release clause in his contract, which runs out in 2023.
According to Goal, however, Arsenal are still in the running and Edu has held talks over Guimaraes, although no bid has been sent in by the Gunners.
The source claims that Arsenal‘s offer is expected to arrive in the coming days with Athletico now wanting between €25 and €30m for Guimaraes.
Benfica reportedly still have hope that they can beat Arsenal – who have been scouting the midfielder for some time – to his signature.
Elsewhere, Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta admitted that he was “very disappointed” at seeing his side draw 1-1 with Sheffield United on Saturday.
Gabriel Martinelli’s goal looked like it was going to give Arsenal three points, but John Fleck popped up in the second half to earn his side a draw.
Arteta said: “I’m very disappointed, the performance deserved three points.
“It is two points lost but if you don’t put games to bed in the last 10 minutes that can happen. There is a history of that – 1-0 up is never enough, be careful as anything can happen.”