Former Arsenal forward Julio Baptista has been linked with a move to Championship strugglers Bolton Wanderers, more than 10 years after his spell in North London.
Baptista, now 35, has been linked with Bolton in the past few days. The striker completed his contract with Orlando City at the end of 2016 and became a free agent, making him eligible to sign for a new club despite the transfer window closing last week.
The Express claim that after Bolton have failed to win a single one of their five league games this season, they’re considering a move for the Brazilian to try and change their fortunes.
Baptista spent a season on loan at Arsenal from Real Madrid, in exchange for Jose Antonio Reyes, and struggled to have a big impact in the Premier League with the Gunners.
However, “The Beast”, as he was known, came close to becoming a cup hero for Arsenal, scoring four goals against Liverpool at Anfield in the EFL Cup quarter-finals. He followed that up with a brace against Tottenham Hotspur in the semis, before unfortunately being unable to make the difference in the final against Chelsea, who won 2-1.
Playing six-a-side matches against former players over the summer, it would be surprising to see Baptista back in action again. But if the rumours are true, it may not be long before we do.