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Reliable journalist Paulo Vinícius Coelho has claimed that the Arsenal are likely destination for Bahia midfielder Ramires, who is set to move in January.
It is understood the Gunners became impressed after watching the player ten times this year, and the club are now the ‘most likely’ to move in for him.
Atletico Madrid are also monitoring his progress but have only compiled two scouting reports.
Following the claims, Sport Witness managed to speak to the player’s agent, Ueslei.
He’s well known among Bahia fans as ‘Ueslei Pitbull’ for his time at the club, where he’s their fourth all time top-scorer with 140 goals.
“No, no. There was no contact,” Ueslei told Sport Witness. “There is speculation. What really happened was that they were here to see some players, and Ramires was among all these players. But there is nothing concrete, it’s just speculation.”
“I wasn’t sought by anyone. There is talk of not only Arsenal, but several clubs in Brazil here too, several clubs in Europe, but nothing concrete.”
On the chances of seeing Ramires leaving Bahia soon, Ueslei said: “Today Bahia’s thinking is to have Ramires, not to sell now. I believe that. And Ramires, his thought is to just play here, too.”
The agent couldn’t hide how exciting would it be if Arsenal really do go for the player: “Of course these proposals are too valuable and interesting for his life, for his career. But his thought today is to be defending Bahia.”
Ramires is also attracting interest from clubs in Brazil but looks set to join a European club in January instead.
Ramires is known as a defensive midfielder and is thought to be one of the most promising midfielders in Brazil.
Arsenal now look set to complete a deal for Ramires as they look to bolster their youth academy ranks.