Arsenal in shock link to Brazilian international

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Arsenal are being linked with a shock move for Brazilian defender Andre Santos.

The Fenerbache left back is thought to have appeared on the Emirates radar after the club were warned off Lorient defender Laurent Koscielny, and now Arsenal boss Arsene Wenger is being linked with a move for the versatile 27-year-old.

Santos, who is comfortable in the centre back position, started his career at homeland club Figueirense before moving on loan to fellow Brazilian sides Flamengo and Atletico MG.

A 2008 switch to Corinthians proved fruitful, with Santos scoring 21 goals in just 69 appearances for the club, a staggering record for a defender.

Turkish side Fenerbache would eventually bring Santos to europe, with the Süper Lig club spending €9 million on a player who would replace legend Roberto Carlos.

At international level, Santos has represented the Samba boys 9 times since making his debut in 2009, starring in the Confederations Cup winning side and playing a role in the World Cup qualifying campaign.

Wenger is keen to strengthen his defence, with WIlliam Gallas, Mikael Silvestre and Sol Campbell all facing uncertain futures in north London. A £9 million bid is thought to be needed to prize the defender away from the Şükrü Saracoğlu Stadium.

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