If Arsenal act quickly they could join the race to sign Marseille’s Brazilian centre-half wonderkid Doria on loan in January, with both Valencia and Sevilla already circling.
The 20-year-old Brazilian was capped by the Selecao at the age of 18 after coming through the ranks at Botafogo and attracted overtures from Chelsea and Barcelona before signing at L’OM last summer.
Despite arriving with a reputation as one of the world’s finest central-defensive prospects, he has yet to start a game for Marcelo Bielsa’s side.
This has prompted his agent to reveal to L’Equipe that he would be meeting the club in January to seek a solution to his situation, with a loan switch mooted by the publication.
Doria is currently 17/20 to be playing for a Premier League club by February 1, 2015.
Rather than a comment on the player’s ability, his presence of the periphery has reportedly more to do with a stand off between Bielsa and L’OM.
The Brazilian’s signing was one of a number of deals the board allegedly concluded without their manager’s approval over the summer.
As such he could represent an ideal acquisition for a club such as Arsenal who require a greater degree of back-up at centre-half than their current full-back heavy roster provides.
Standing at a thick-set 6ft 2in, Doria already has the physical raw materials to keep his head above water in the Premier League.
Meanwhile a background in futsal means the left-footed tyro is also comfortable enough on the ball to fit in to Arsenal’s way of playing.
Allowing him to leave until the end of the campaign would arguably suit all concerned given how brilliantly Marseille are faring without the Brazilian at present.
Bringing him in for the season’s second half would also be ideal for the Gunners, where he would be an exciting, yet relatively financially risk-free back-up to the club’s established stars.