Reports coming out of Italy are claiming that Arsenal has put in an official offer for Gremio defender Walter Kannemann.
According to the Italian media, Sampdoria and Inter Milan were initially interested in signing the 28-year-old centre back but are set to miss out to Arsenal who have tabled a €12 Million bid with additional bonuses.
No response has yet been forthcoming but the bid is under evaluation and an answer is expected in the coming days.
This one has come out of the blue but it does make a lot of sense.
For starters, the price is well within our restricted transfer budget and the fact that the likes of Inter Milan and Sampdoria are interested means that he is certainly highly rated.
Kannemann broke into the Argentine national team last September and has since gone on to make five international appearances but unusually has played relatively few club games considering his age, just 161.
Arsenal is looking to revamp their defence and have obviously identified Kannemann as the exact sort of acquisition to strengthen the backline at an affordable price.
We should know within the next week or so if Kannemann is to become an Arsenal player in the summer.