Spanish La Liga giants Atletico Madrid have entered the race to sign young Brazilian midfielder Ramires ahead of the transfer window which begins in few weeks’ time.
Ramires, with real names, Eric Dos Santos Rodrigues, has repeatedly been linked with a move to North London with Arsenal.
The exciting midfield prospect plays his club football for Brazilian club Bahia.
According to popular English news outlet TalkSport, the Gunners will have to fend off the threat of Atletico Madrid in the race to sign the Brazilian wonderkid.
Atletico Madrid already have one over the Gunners and the club would hoping that they can pay the Rojiblancos back in equal measure even if it’s off the field.
Atletico Madrid stopped the Gunners’ run in the Europa League last season at the semifinal stage.
The Spanish giants won 2-1 on aggregate to secure a final spot in last season’s edition.
Arsenal had earlier played 1-1 in their home leg before a lone goal from controversial striker Diego Costa gave Diego Simeone and his players a 1-0 over the Gunners thus making it 2-1 on aggregate.
Arsenal manager Unai Emery is expected to do some form of business in the January transfer window and Bahia could be one of the potential signings at the Emirates Stadium.