Back in November, we covered a handful of stories from Brazil saying Arsenal would be interested in Bahia midfielder Ramires.
The player’s agent even confirmed a scouting mission from the Gunners at the time, but said there had been no offers for the player so far.
The story went cold for a while, and today, website UOL brings some updates on Ramires’ situation at the club.
The article’s focus is on Brazilian clubs, since Palmeiras and Flamengo have both approached Bahia in hope of a deal, especially because his price could soon rise significantly.
Bahia are said to be demanding €10m for Ramires. A Brazilian club will hardly pay that much for a player, and that’s why the Tricolor would give priority to a deal with a European side.
Regarding the foreign clubs who would be keeping an eye on the player, UOL lists Arsenal, Manchester City, Inter Milan, Atletico Madrid and Borussia Dortmund. Despite all that noise about the Gunners last month, this is the first time we see Pep Guardiola’s side being linked to the 18-year-old.
UOL says the European sides, including Arsenal and Manchester City are pondering whether to make an offer in the ‘coming weeks’.
The reason for the rush is Ramires is part of Brazil’s plans for the U20 South American Championships, to be played in Chile in January. He currently lives at Bahia’s training complex, his star could shoot high into the sky and everything change with good performances in Chile.
Ramires is protected by a €30m release clause. So although Bahia are demanding only €10m for now, it’s obvious the figures would go up in case of an auction.