Arsenal are close to reaching an agreement that will see them sign Spartak Moscow’s defensive midfielder Romulo, according to reports in Brazil.
The South American anchorman has reportedly been a target of Arsene Wenger’s for some time now, and, though it was assumed he would leave Russia to return to his native country in the form of a loan move to either Internacional or Flamengo, Lance claim he is on course to become a Gunner.
The Brazilian publication believes that the 24-year-old is very close to agreeing a deal with Arsenal, one that would see him bolster the defensive options at the Emirates Stadium. A ball-winner by trade, Romulo is also known for his ability to start attacks from deep; a trait that Wenger has missed since the days of Patrick Vieira.
If the Spartak man does end up sealing a switch to the Premier League there’s no doubt that he’d be welcomed with open arms by the Gunners’ faithful, who have been largely frustrated with their side’s endeavours thus far.
An injury-hit Arsenal side has struggled to leave a lasting impressions this term, and rumours of replacing Wenger with someone else have already started to rise to prominence.
There’s no doubting the Frenchman would be aided significantly by the arrival of a man who can plug the hole in the centre of his midfield.
Though the likes of Aaron Ramsey, Alexis Sanchez, Mikel Arteta and Santi Cazorla are all world-class operators on their day none of them can profess to being naturals when it comes to shielding the back four, and with makeshift man Jack Wilshere out until the New Year that leaves Wenger with problems.