Arsenal were one of three Premier League clubs to “send representatives” as Fluminense midfielder Andre helped his team win the Copa Libertadores at the weekend, according to Globo Esporte.
Liverpool and Fulham also had scouts in the stands as they watched Andre’s side secure victory over Boca Juniors after extra time.
Andre has already been the subject of a €30m (£26m) bid from Liverpool during the summer transfer window. However, Fluminense turned down the proposal at the time as they wanted the player to stay until January in order to aid their chances in the Copa Libertadores.
With that aim achieved, it is believed that the midfielder will be let go in the New Year, as long as a team pays in excess of €35m (£30m).
What do Arsenal fans need to know about Andre?
The Brazilian is a holding midfielder by trade, although he is more known for his passing than his tackling ability, dictating the tempo of the match from deep-lying positions.
Andre came through Fluminense’s academy and he has gone on to make 161 appearances for the first team. He was handed his first cap by Brazil back in June, coming on as a substitute during a 4-2 friendly defeat to Senegal. He made his second appearance in a World Cup qualifier against Venezuela last month.
Arsenal may prioritise other positions in the January transfer window
Although there is an argument that the Gunners could do with signing another midfielder, considering the injury problems that both Thomas Partey and Emile Smith Rowe have faced, you do get the sense that a new striker will be top of Mikel Arteta’s list of priorities in the New Year.
Finding a player who can score goals on a regular basis would be extremely beneficial as Arsenal look to mount a title challenge.