Rodrigo Caio convinces Arsenal scouts at Toulon tournament

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Arsenal's wide scouting network is set to pay dividends once again after chief scout Steve Rowley discovered an exceptional talent during the recent Toulon tournament.

According to the Daily Mail, Rowley was left thoroughly impressed with Brazilian youngster Rodrigo Caio, who was pivotal in his country's title win in the under-20 tournament.

Caio was named the best player of the tournament as Brazil won the tournament for an eighth time in its 42-year history.  Rowley will return to Arsenal's London Colney full of praise for the defender, who can also play as a central midfielder.

The 20-year-old is currently plying his trade in his native country with Sao Paulo and he will now return to Brazil to continue the league campaign with his club.

Rowley will now use his influence over Arsene Wenger to make sure scouts are in place to follow this exceptional talent's progress in the Brazilian leagues.

Caio would struggle to get a work permit to play in England having never played for Brazil's national side but Arsenal have experienced success in getting work permits for similar players in the recent past.

Ryo Miyaichi was given an exception because of his level of talent. Despite the fact the Japanese winger has failed to live up to the hype, his example will buoy Arsenal should they attempt to sign Caio in the near future.

Rowley will also recommend France under-21 striker Jean-Christophe Bahebeck to Wenger, who finished top scorer of the tournament. 

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