Arsenal are keen to sign Brazilian international midfielder Romulo from Spartak Moscow in the January transfer window according to the Daily Express.
The paper suggests Arsene Wenger sees the 24-year-old as a man who can help the Gunners establish a greater degree of control in central midfield.
Arsenal are the 4/5 favourites to stable the Selecao workhorse come the close of the summer transfer window next year, with Spartak 2/1 to hold on to their man.
It’s understood the Gunners are willing to offer £9.5m and the dubious sweetener of Yaya Sanogo on loan in order to land their man, but just what will they get in return?
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Romulo, now 24 years of age, had been linked with moves to Premier League clubs even before he left Brazil, having played a vital part in Vasco de Gama’s Copa do Brasil-winning side of 2011 at the tender age of 19.
Instead he disappointed his English suitors, Liverpool amongst them, by moving to Spartak Moscow after starring in the Brazil side that won Olympic silver at the London 2012 games.
At the tournament he played alongside Sandro in the Brazilian engine room, the box-to-box foil to ‘The Beast’s’ defence-liaison officer.
Sadly after a positive start to life in Russia that saw him bag at Camp Nou on his Champions League debut, he sustained a serious injury that kept him out for well over a year.
As a result he found himself replaced in the Brazil squad by first Manchester City’s Fernandinho, then Paulinho of Tottenham, offering a further indication of what he offered a side in the eyes of Luiz Felipe Scolari.
Since then he has put in just 15 showings of any stripe for Leonid Slutsky’s Muscovites.
Playing his way back to fitness after a serious injury and far from naturally inclined towards the ultra-disciplined spoiling role Arsenal so desperately need to fill, acquiring Romulo would represent rather foolhardy transfer business in January.