Club insider reveals Arsenal talks with Brazil defender prior to Mari signing
Date published: Wednesday 25th March 2020 12:48
Sao Paulo’s executive manager has revealed that Arsenal chief Edu held talks with the Brazilian club about signing defender Walce in January.
Having taken over at The Emirates in December, upgrading the Gunners’ defence was boss Mikel Arteta‘s top priority with his side having come in for criticism in that area throughout the season.
After a month of chasing a left-footed centre-back, Pablo Mari was brought in from Flamengo on loan with an option to buy and Cedric Soares was also drafted in on loan from Southampton.
In the end, Walce suffered a cruciate ligament injury and is expected to be out of action until September.
“Walce had a proposal from Red Bull Bragantino, which we denied,” Passaro said.
“[Walce] ended up getting hurt, which happens, we need to be prepared for that.”
In other news, Arsenal striker Gabriel Martinelli has outlined his hope of becoming a club legend at The Emirates.
The young forward has been loosely linked with a move away after a stunning breakthrough campaign with the Gunners, but he is paying no attention to such reports.