Sao Paulo has confirmed this arsenal explored a possible deal for Walce in the January transfer window.
Mikel Arteta sought to strengthen his central defense options after Calum Chambers was banned for the rest of the campaign due to a serious knee injury and Arsenal spent the winter searching the market for possible solutions.
The Gunners signed a loan agreement for the 26-year-old flamengo star Pablo Mari and the Spaniard made two appearances for the north London Giant before Corona virus The pandemic forced the football season to put on hold.
Technical director Edu used his extensive contacts at home to get a line deal for Mari, and it appears that he wasn’t the only player on Arsenal’s radar in Brazil.
Alexandre Passaro, general manager of Sao Paulo, claims the Premier League giants had negotiated the landing of their 21-year-old Walce in the middle before Mari signed on the dotted line.
“Walce had a Red Bull Bragantino proposal that we rejected,” Passaro told Brazilian media.
“Here I can even say that we were talking arsenal, exactly for the place that went to Pablo Mari.
“We spoke to Edu Gaspar.”
Arsenal is vigorously considering making Mari’s deal permanent in the summer – which could cost it around £ 13.5 million – but a number of alternatives have emerged as targets in recent weeks.
Leipzig’s Dayot Upamecano and Frankfurt’s Evan N’Dicka are both observed and According to reports in Italy, Arsenal made an offer to Chris Smalling.
The Manchester United defender has loaned to the Roma this season, which has also alerted Tottenham, Everton and Leicester.
United is expected to charge a minimum of £ 25m for the England international.
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