Arsenal move closer to signing Brazilian international star in January

Every Arsenal fan knows that the club is in desperate need of a strong defensive midfielder urgently and even Arsene Wenger has admitted that he needs a buy some defensive reinforcements in January (much to our surprise!) Recently it was reported that the Gunners were preparing to make a £9.5m offer for Spartak Moscow’s Romulo, while also allowing YaYa Sanogo to go to Russia for a year on loan.

Today it has been reported that the former Spartak star Valery Rheingold that the Russian giants should not stand in Romulo’s way and allow him to move to the Emirates. Rheingold was quoted as saying in the Express: “In general Romulo is a useful player who gets through a lot of work.”

“He is better than Rafael Carioca and the other Spartak options but I can’t say he’s indispensable.

“By nature he is not a leader. Yes, the Brazilian is a good player but if the offer is there to sell him you need to let him go.

“If Romulo learns that Spartak won’t let him go to Arsenal then he may harbour resentment and not play worse after the failed move.

“It is necessary for the Red and Whites to trust their youth academy graduates and stop relying so much on foreigners.”

Romulo may not be a household name in the UK, but surely the fact that he has played 8 times for the Brazilian national team must mean he is pretty talented, and at just 24 years of age he could have a long and successful career ahead of him at the right club. Could he be the player that Wenger has lined up for a January move?

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  1. jeff says:

    Never heard of him tbh…

    1. jermaineBryan says:

      Romulo is a very promising player. He has the potential to be allot better than flamini or arteta in the dm role but based on his current ability he would be 3rd choice which doesn’t make sence. Wenger said he wants a Vviera type not an out n out def mid I think khedira,itturaspe or krychowiak would be ideal

  2. Dannosslar says:

    Just get Alex Song back…. The DM problem is solved.

  3. Arsenal Fan says:

    Kondogbia, would of cost the same, is French, flamini would of helped him settle into the role, could of been the next viera for us…just so happens Monaco got him…

    1. Twig says:

      Would have :'(
      Would have :'(
      Would have :'(

    2. jermaineBryan says:

      Kondogbia is extremely overrated can’t see him being a regular for France with all the quality they have centraly

  4. Dee@ease says:

    Romulo?no thanks we need a world class DM not these non quality players,first it was Kim Kallstrom from Spartak now we are being linked to an unknown Spartak brazilian player?

    1. jermaineBryan says:

      He’s not an unkown chances are u only know premiership players plus big names abroad this lad has the potential to be amongst the best def mid in England. He is better than caismiro who u may know because he plays for real madrid

  5. Darwin says:

    Everyone brace yourself… 2 more months for the dreaded transfer window and the speculation… *sigh*

    1. KickAssFan says:

      @Darwin, I hate transfer windows, makes me fEel like a man whose wife is in labour and alone with me at home and I’m completely ignorant about everything pertaining to that.

  6. Twig says:

    “Not a leader”
    “Not indispensable”
    “He is a good player” (translation, he’s okay)

    Now, that’s all a bit underwhelming. Doesn’t excite me one bit.

  7. I don think is the right guy we need in our squad. Get us Kedira and we are fine.

  8. SoOpa AeoN says:

    its gonna be a very Loooooooooooooonnnnnnnnnnnnnggggggggggg JANUARY ……i TeLL u

  9. I don think is the right guy we need in our squad right now. Get us Khedira and we are fine. we need a proven players and not otherwise.

    1. rd_gunner says:

      Just hope Khedira does not turn out to be the next Diaby. Else completely agree with your view- need to stop going for the next big thing- we need the ‘current’ big thing 🙂 Only if wenger thought on the same lines !

      On second thoughts, I would throw silly money at southampton and see if they are tempted!

      Alternatively buy 2 CBs and play Chambers as the DM. If we are going to blood someone then why not him? But FFS we need to stop playing Arteta/Flamini

  10. Jake the Snake says:

    Sounds very very average indeed

  11. sam-afc says:

    I don’t care what the name is. As long as it’s a strong leader/ physical player that will make our current squad better and stronger. Always giving 100% e.g like Alexis.
    As soon as the winter transfer window opens, sign the right players. No excuses no bullsh*t just get it done.

  12. Skandalouz says:

    Get Krychowiak from Sevilla. He’s an unreal powerhouse and his tackles are top notch. Signing him, Gustavo or Schneiderlin would make me happy.

  13. ruelando says:

    Schniederlin is more a box to box player like ramsay, Khedira may have injury worries and may be cup tied soon, Romulo i am not sure is fully recovered yet and is another box to box, Kondogbia would be and interesting buy but cup tied, Carvalho would be ok also, but cup tied.

    BUT THE TRUE DM is GRZEGORZ KRYCHOWIAK, ye , i did not copy his name i remember it quite well because he impressed me has being a defensive midfielder in the true sense, he does all the dirty work and looks quite fierce doing it, the man is a beast, but also quite good technically.

    we were earlier linked with him this year, but did not follow through he was 3.5 million then, now we be lucky if we get him under 20 million, but he is worth it.

    here are the video links,

    i enjoyed the last video more hahahhaha

    1. jermaineBryan says:

      I wanted us to sign Gregory,pizchek, lewendowski this summer as we have wojchek n poldi to help them settle

  14. rd_gunner says:

    Cup tied should be least of our worries now. It is not like we are challenging for CL. In fact buying the right reinforcements in the winter and getting dumped early in CL will improve our chances in PL- who knows we can even make a late push instead of falling apart like we do every season.

    Kondogbia should be preferred but knowing wenger, he would go for someone who is more easy on the eye 🙂

    1. ruelando says:

      I think arsenal see the Champions League as a chance to make more money and as long as you are still in a competition you can win it, the farther you go in this competition is the more money, i do not see Wenger buying Cup tied players just to try for the EPL, he would want to get more for the money.

      Basically a lot of our injured squad members will be back by January , couple good buys and we will have a squad to compete in the CL and EPL, you mention Kondogbia who would be a good buy, but as i said i doubt arsenal would look is way as long as he is cup tied

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