Arsenal and Chelsea in ‘transfer battle’ for Brazilian hot-shot Bruno Guimaraes

Arsenal are Chelsea are reportedly battling to sign Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes in the January transfer window.

The 22-year-old Athletico Paranaense defensive midfielder is very highly rated in Brazil and has been linked with several other clubs in recent times.

Atletico Madrid, Benfica, and South American champions Flamengo are also said to be interested as the race for his signature hots up.

According to globoesporte.com , Guimaraes would prefer a move to Europe and the Premier League attracts him.

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Chelsea were tracking Guimaraes before they were hit with a transfer ban but they are now able to sign players again after that was lifted.

The Gunners have been crying out for a decent defensive midfielder in their team for years.

Scouts from both teams are believed to have watched him play and the chase to sign him could step up in the coming days.

Paranaense can name their price for Guimaraes, as he is under contract at the club until 2023.

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Bruno Guimaraes is highly rated in Brazil and is being watched by several of Europe’s leading clubs

Chelsea have the largest transfer kitty available to them in January after having not signed any players in the summer.

The sale of Eden Hazard to Real Madrid also brought in more millions and boss Frank Lampard is rumoured to have a kitty of around £100m.

Elsewhere on his wish-list are the likes of Wilfried Zaha, Ben Chilwell, Ruben Dias, Kristof Piatek and Houssem Aouar.

New Arsenal boss Mikel Arteta will not have as much as that to spend and is having to prioritise in other areas of the pitch.

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A bad injury to centre-half Calum Chambers means Arsenal are short at the back.

A Brazil Under-23 international, Guimaraes is strong, quick and impressive on the ball, meaning he can serve as a holding midfielder or box-to-box player.

Indeed, his style of play would likely suit the fast pace of the Premier…