Arsenal hold talks with Gremio over deal for Bressan

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Arsenal have opened talks with Brazilian outfit Gremio over a potential deal for young defender Bressan, reports Metro.

The Gunners have entered the transfer market with big ambitions and a massive transfer budget of £100 million but it seems Arsene Wenger's fancy has been caught by the 21-year-old starlet. Bressan is one of the most highly rated stars in Serie A at the moment and Wenger wants to explore the possibility of making him a Gunner.

Citing reports from Brazil, Metro claim that Emirates officials have held initial talks with their Gremio counterparts and were so encouraged that they are now planning on sending their chief negotiator to Brazil to wrap up the prospective deal.

Bressan has only joined Gremio last year but a string of impressive performances has seemingly convinced Arsenal that he could be good enough for the Premier League.

Wenger is looking, ideally, for a fourth-choice centre-back for his Arsenal team. Bacary Sagna filled to position last term, but he is set to leave for Manchester City, leaving Laurent Koscielny, Per Mertesacker and Thomas Vermaelen as Wenger's only options.

Santos had been favourites to seal Bressan's signature, but any interest from Arsenal is likely to trump the Brazilian team's efforts.

However, the problem with this potential addition is the fact that a work permit is highly unlikely. Metro say Arsenal will try to obtain one if a deal can be agreed but as Bressan is yet to play for Brazil, he will need to qualify for an exceptional talent permit; similar to the one gifted to Ryo Miyaichi (yes, that is serious).

The most likely career path for Bressan should he sign for the Gunners is one similar to Joel Campbell or Carlos Vela, who have been loaned out to a European outfit in order to gain dual citizenship, bypassing the need for a work permit.

Regardless of whether this transfer happens or not, it is nothing, unfortunately for Arsenal fans to get excited about.

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