Arsenal Expected to Sign £15m Brazilian Midfielder

This transfer target’s own teammates think he will leave!

Sports News - February 12, 2009

The Rumour

Arsenal target Felipe Melo is on the verge of leaving Fiorentina, according to his team-mate Alberto Gilardino. Arsene Wenger wants to add some steel to his midfield and has earmarked the Brazilianas the man to help his Premier League title bid next season.Melo, 25, has started every game of Brazil’s Confederation Cup campaign and a £15million bid from Arsenal is in the pipeline.

Fiorentina striker Gilardino expects Melo to leave Italy this summer, paving the way for a move to the Emirates.

“I have not spoken with Melo directly. He played well against Italy (during Brazil’s 3-0 win) and he is an excellent player, but I have the feeling he will be sold,” Gilardino said.

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The Analysis

The Confederations Cup, as pointless as it is, has given Arsenal fans a good chance to see a potential signing in action. Felipe Melo looks the real deal, a tough tackling uncompromising Brazilian midfielder the kind of player that Cesc Fabregas has been begging Arsene Wenger to sign.

Now even Melo’s Fiorentina teammate believes the player has played his last game for La Viola and that can only be good news for the Gunners faithful. The north London club desperately needs a midfield partner for their Spanish international and the likes of Alex Song and Denilson have tried, with differing results, to fill the void left first by Patrick Vieira and then again by Mathieu Flamini.

The 25 year old battler could be just the man to help push the Emirates outfit towards ending their four year silverware drought.

The Likelihood

Melo to Arsenal: Seems to be getting more and more like a definite possibility.

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