Arsenal & Spurs battle for Brazilian sensation


Arsenal and Spurs have bid for Brazilian sensation Leandro Damiao, according to the player’s agents.


The Internacional striker is a long term Harry Redknapp target at White Hart Lane, but the latest reports suggest Arsene Wenger is ready to gazump his rival at the other end of Seven Sisters Road and bring the starlet to the Emirates.


Sky Sports are reporting that it is not only the North London rivals who have shown an interest in the young forward, and that both Manchester United and Chelsea are keen on snapping him up.


The exciting prospect’s representatives, Sivori & Asociados, have indicated that a move in January will be unlikely, but they have stoked speculation that Damiao may be moving on in the summer.


They spoke to Sky Italia: “The big clubs wait to take player like him, to be sure that a player does well, that he can prove himself."


A host of Eastern European giants, such as Shakhtar Donetsk and Dynamo Kiev, are on the forward’s trail, along with some top Spanish and Italian clubs.


Damiao has scored an astonishing 17 goals in 13 games for his club side this season, as well as scoring his first international goal against Ghana in September.


A sticking point for any transfer could be his non-EU Passport, but four full international caps for Brazil by the age of 22 would give good grounds for a work permit on appeal.


The Sivori & Asociados spokesperson added: “"Now Damiao has important requests: there is a good offer of Tottenham Hotspur, one from Arsenal and even some Spanish clubs are sounding out Internacional."


"It's normal; he's a striker born in 1989, he attracts a lot interest. It should be considered, however, that he has the non-EU passport

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