Arsenal are interested in Gremio right-back Vanderson, but his club are unwilling to negotiate amid recent rival interest from AC Milan.

Vanderson of Gremio celebrates his goal during the Brazilian League Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football match between Ceara v Gremio at the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo: Imago Images
Vanderson of Gremio celebrates his goal during the Brazilian League Campeonato Brasileiro Serie A football match between Ceara v Gremio at the Castelao Arena in Fortaleza, Brazil. Photo: Imago Images

UOL report that Vanderson is a recent target for Arsenal, but he’s considered ‘non-negotiable’ at the moment, as Gremio believe his price will only go up in the coming months.

AC Milan have reportedly placed a bid of €10m with bonuses, but Gremio didn’t want to go ahead with talks over the potential transfer.

Vanderson currently has a contract with Gremio to 2025, with a release clause of €100m. Obviously, neither Arsenal nor AC Milan are going to pay that, and there’s no expectation they will, but the Brazilian club clearly want far in excess of Milan’s €10m offer.

Arsenal made an enquiry for Vanderson earlier in the summer, though even then the deal was complicated by the fact he’d just extended his deal.

We know Arsenal are in the market for a right-back, but it’s also clear that the club have already spent or committed to spending a large proportion of their summer budget, and they already have too many right-backs on the books.

Any potential move for Vanderson right now would have to involve Arsenal making a fairly substantial right-back sale first. It doesn’t seem like that’s on the cards at the moment.

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