Arsenal ready to make an offer for 23-year-old midfielder after scouting him over the weekend

The Gunners have already sent representatives to Brazil to complete the deal, it has been claimed

Arsenal are ready to make an offer for 23-year-old midfielder Bitello, who currently plies his trade for Gremio.

The Gunners are on the lookout for further midfield reinforcements despite the impending arrival of Declan Rice, with question marks over the future of Sambi Lokonga and Thomas Partey this summer.

Brazil has been a popular hunting ground for them too, in part thanks to technical director Edu Gaspar. Since he arrived, they have signed Gabriel Martinelli, Marquinhos and Pablo Mari from the South American footballing hotspot, while they were also strongly linked with a move for Danilo before he ultimately moved to Nottingham Forest in January.

Now, it appears as though they are set to return to Brazil, and are eyeing up a move for Bitello, with the north London side now readying a bid for the midfield man.

Reports in Brazil claim that the Gunners sent scouts to watch him in recent weeks, and are now ready to table a first offer to take him to England, which is expected to satisfy Gremio’s 10m euro price tag.

Under contract in Brazil until 2025, Bitello has played in an advanced midfield role as well as on the right hand side of attack during his time with the Brazilian side, and has racked up 83 appearances, scoring 16 times and grabbing 7 assists.

Arsenal, who take on Nurnberg in a pre-season friendly on Thursday, are expected to announce the arrivals of Declan Rice and defender Jurrien Timber this week, having already signed Kai Havertz from Chelsea in a deal worth £65m.

Attention is now expected to turn to sales, with all of Nuno Tavares, Runar Alex Runnarsson, Nicolas Pepe, Sambi Lokonga, Kieran Tierney, Folarin Balogun and Rob Holding likely to leave the club ahead of the new season.

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