Gunners consider deal to sign Brazilian star

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Arsenal are being linked with a swap move that would see Brazilian midfielder Felipe Melo move to the Emirates.

The 27-year-old has played for eight clubs thus far in his career, with Arsenal a potential ninth as Arsene Wenger looks to strengthen in the position ahead of the coming seasons.

Gael Clichy would move to Juventus as part of the deal, with the north London club viewing Kieran Gibbs as his perfect replacement in the starting XI.

Melo, who has been on the radar at the Emirates for over a year, began his senior career at Flamengo before moving to Cruzeiro and then Gremio in his homeland.

A 2005 switch to Mallorca saw Melo grace Europe for the first time, but he would leave the ONO Estadi after just six months to join Racing Santander.

It was here that his stock began to rise, and two years later he switched to La Liga rivals Almeria as they looked to add class in an effort to survive at the top level in Spain.

One fine season at the Estadio del MediterrĂ¡neo saw Fiorentina pay in the region of €13 million for his services, and Melo once again proved himself at a new club.

His first season in Serie 'A' was a major success, and Juventus would meet a €25 million release clause that saw players and cash go to the Viola. However, his time in Turin hasn't gone as well as hoped, and Melo's red card at the World Cup compounded a disappointing season for the player.

The Gunners were reportedly in negotiations with Melo before the bianconeri stole a march last summer, but Wenger is still keen to add the highly-rated defensive midfielder to his side.

Luigi Delneri is looking for a left back, with Fabio Grosso heavily linked with a move to Atletico Madrid.

Il Corriere dello Sport claims Wenger has put together a swap deal that suits both parties at the current time, and states that the Frenchman is desperate to land the powerful international who named his son after former England striker Gary Lineker.

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