Young midfielder set to head to the Emirates Stadium.
Arsenal are to hand a trial at the Emirates Stadium to young Brazilian midfielder Indio ahead of potentially signing the 16-year-old.
On the day that £6million misfit Andre Santos returned to Brazil on loan to Gremio, the London Evening Standard reported that Arsenal manager Arsene Wenger is to run the rule over teenager Indio before deciding whether to make a move for him.
Should Wenger be interested in signing the 16-year-old from Brazilian outfit Vasco De Gama, he will have to wait for Indio to turn 18 next February before being able to conclude a deal under FIFA’s rules.
“I’m anxious for this new stage in my life,” Indio told Globo Esporte. “I’ll spend a week at Arsenal. It will be cool, I hope I enjoy it. It will be a good experience. I want to learn. Of course I have the dream of playing for a European club, but everything has its right time.”
Wenger has made a habit of signing talented young players and moulding them into Premier League stars with varying degrees of success. While there are been success stories such as Cesc Fabregas and Theo Walcott, there have also been some that haven’t worked out so well like Philippe Senderos.
Wenger has also had mixed success with his Brazilian purchases too – midfielder Gilberto Silva being one that did work, but equally the expensive purchase of full-back Santos proving to be the other way with the loan move to Gremio ended his short stay at the Emirates Stadium.