22-year-old South American rising star set to become Arsenal first January signing

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Athletico Paranaense have told Benfica they are willing to accept a £21m transfer offer for Bruno Guimaraes. U23 Brazil international is being tipped for big things in his native Brazil, with Premier League pair Gunners and Chelsea tracking the defensive midfielder.

London club have already made contact with Athletico, as club president Mario Celso Petraglia confirmed this week Arsenal were keen to sign Bruno. Athletico Paranaense were holding out for closer to £26m, but the Brazilian club have now told Benfica they are prepared to sanction a £21m transfer.

That figure would buy 80 per cent of the footballer’s economic rights, although London club will be aware third-party ownership is banned in the PL. Brazilian giants have had a verbal agreement with Eagles since last year, but Gunners could yet hijack the deal if talks with Liga NOS club drag on.

‘Let’s study Benfica’s bid. On Monday we will meet the team board to assess this situation.’ ‘Gunners are interested, but will only make an offer towards the end of the campaign,’ he added. Bruno would like to make a move in winter, rather than wait until the summer to join a new club.

Borussia Dortmund are also credited with an interest in the 22-year-old midfielder, who is on international duty with Brazil Under 23’s at the CONMEBOL Pre-Olympic tournament this month. Spanish manager wants to sign a midfielder and defender this month, but Gunners are prioritising loan moves due to financial restrictions.

London giants have been linked with a host of footballers, including Man City centre-back John Stones and Bayern Munich defender Jerome Boateng.

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