Arsenal fans have been sent into a transfer frenzy on social media after midfielder target Bruno Guimaraes has refuelled rumours that a potential Gunners move could be in the pipeline this summer, after previous reported interest.
It took an extra-time goal from substitute Malcolm to settle proceedings at the International Stadium Yokohama in Japan today.
In the celebratory events that followed the game, Arsenal’s young Brazilian star posted a photo on his personal social media with the 23-year-old.
Our football.london chief Arsenal writer, Chris Wheatley, posted about the picture on his social media and the Ligue 1 midfielder’s agent dropped a like on the post, reigniting rumours that a transfer to north London could be back on this summer after previous interest from Edu and co.
Here’s how a selection of Arsenal fans reacted after the club posted a congratulatory message for Martinelli, including a picture of him alongside Guimaraes.
@The_Emperor reckons: ‘Bruno G might be coming to Arsenal. Agent Martinelli at it.’
@Yandagunner asked: ‘Why did you have to post bruno’s pic? there’s surely something.’
@Jose_afc_x told Martinelli to: ‘tell Edu to sign Bruno Guimaraes.’
@AFCifz put: ‘ANNOUNCE BRUNO.’
@monjit_arsenal replied to the tweet: ‘New CM and RB announcement.’
The ex-Athletico Paranaense player was heavily linked to the north Londoners two seasons ago before he made the move to France.
He featured in a total of 37 games for Lyon in a rather disrupted season for all clubs around the world due to Covid-19 last term.
Jean-Michel Aulas might consider selling the 23-year-old this summer due to the financial crash in French football caused by the coronavirus pandemic.
Guimaraes’ agent dropping a transfer hint, coupled with the player himself revealing that he was learning English, adds up together to tell us that a potential move to England could be on in the near future.
The Brazilian told gameplan-a.com when speaking about the Covid-19 pandemic: “In the beginning it was hard to stay positive, every time I turned on the television the news was worse than the day before. It was strange to be unable to help when everything was so bad.
“The only thing I could do to help was to stay at home. I only went out to get my groceries or to the pharmacy.
“During the second wave, I looked at how I could help my compatriots back in Brazil by getting them the essentials. I was worried about my family and my girlfriend back in Brazil.”
Guimaraes went on to add: “The only upside for me was that I had plenty of time to learn French.
“I did online courses, I watched a lot of local TV, Netflix series like Lupin, films in French, and all that paid off. I can now speak the language after 18 months. My next goal is to learn English.”
But maybe a move could be back on the cards for the Brazilian star after his agent has dropped that subtle hint on social media with his actions.