ARSENAL have reportedly opened talks with Lyon in their quest to bring Brazilian midfielder Bruno Guimaraes to the Emirates.
The Gunners were keen on signing the 24-year-old in the 2020 winter transfer window with Mikel Arteta and technical director huge admirers of him.
But the player opted to link up with Ligue 1 outfit Lyon instead in a deal worth up to £25million.
Bruno was mooted as a possible summer signing for the North Londoners, however the transfer never materialised.
Speaking of the Carabao Cup semi-finalists, Bruno said: “Arsenal approached my agent, but there was no offer.
“My aim, and I made it clear to Juninho, is to win a title with Lyon.”
And it appears that the club have maintained their interest in the 2020 Olympic gold medallist as Arteta looks to bring in a new midfielder.
Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny are set to feature at the Africa Cup of Nations, while the versatile Ainsley Maitland-Niles could join Roma.
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According to transfer guru Nicolo Schira, Arsenal have entered negotiations with the French outfit as Edu desperately tries to lure his compatriot to England.
He tweeted: “Arsenal are really interested in Lyon midfielder Bruno Guimaraes. Edu loves him and has opened talks to try to sign him.”
Schira added: “Let’s see what happens. In the transfer market all the players have a price.
“It’s not a simple deal for Arsenal, but Edu is working and – if arrives an important bid – Aulas could sell Bruno Guimaraes.”
Brazilian news outlet Globo have suggested that Lyon would be willing to part ways with the player should they receive a fee in the region of £38million.
Bruno has been a key player for Peter Bosz’s struggling side this season – chipping in with five assists in 22 games in all competitions.