Arsenal eyeing up a new Brazilian wonder-kid after missing out on Malcom

The early stages of the January transfer window were dominated by Liverpool but in recent weeks, it has all been about Arsenal.

The Gunners have been the talk of the town, embroiled in one of the biggest swap deals ever seen in football history.

Alexis Sanchez finally sealed his move away from the club with just six months to run on his deal, with Manchester United swooping in and allowing Henrikh Mkhitaryan to move in the opposite direction.

There’s also been rumours linking Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang, Jonny Evans and Bordeaux’s Malcom with moves to the Emirates.

The first two still look on, but the latter appears to be off, with Arsene Wenger supposedly not keen on splashing around £50m on a fairly unproven player.

The Arsenal boss is a sucker for a bargain and he may have found a way to bring in a Brazilian wonder-kid for a fraction of the price.

ARSENAL TURN TO THE BRAZILIAN LEAGUE

According to The Sun, the Gunners will move for Corinthians starlet Maycon, with the Brazilian club only demanding around £9m for the player.

A source said: “Arsenal are very interested in Maycon. He has been watched a fair amount for more than a year.

“They have been impressed and he has a promising future. He is not really a player for now. There could be issues with getting him a visa. It would take a lot of work behind the scenes to get sorted.

“Arsenal have other priorities, so it could be one that happens in the summer, rather than now.”

Not a bad deal, eh?

What’s even better is that he could be the solution to one of Arsenal’s biggest problems, as he is a defensive midfielder.

Should Aubameyang arrive with Mkhitaryan, the Gunners should have enough firepower going forward, meaning signing Malcom would have been a tad unnecessary.

CORINTHIANS DEMANDS

The Brazilian club will, however, insist that Maycon is allowed to rejoin them on loan for a period.

Napoli and a number of other European clubs are reportedly interested as well, so Arsenal will want to act fast to snap him up.

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