Gerson’s father claims Arsenal and Tottenham are interested in signing midfielder

Arsenal and Tottenham transfer target Gerson celebrates after Flamengo's clash with Independiente del Valle
Flamengo star Gerson is attracting interest from Arsenal and Spurs (Picture: Getty)

Gerson’s father has claimed that Arsenal and Tottenham are both keen on signing the Flamengo midfielder.

The 22-year-old completed a €15million (£13m) move from Fluminense to Roma in 2016 but badly struggled in Italy, returning to the Brazil just two-and-a-half years later.

However, Gerson has bounced back impressively after his underwhelming spell in Serie A and is attracting interest from some of Europe’s top clubs ahead of the summer transfer window.

Gerson ahead of Roma's Champions League clash with Barcelona
The midfielder struggled to make an impact at Roma and was loaned to Fiorentina (Picture: Getty)

Borussia Dortmund and Spurs have been mooted as potential suitors and Gerson’s father appears to have confirmed that Arsenal are keeping close tabs on his son.

‘Nobody knew about Arsenal, but now that I’m telling you so everyone will know,’ Marcos Santos told ESPN reporter Jorge Nicola.

Asked about rumours linking Gerson with Borussia Dortmund and Spurs, he replied: ‘Everyone you hear there is true. But they only probed.’

Flamengo were demanding a fee of €30m (£26.5m) for Gerson in January which Tottenham felt was excessive.

Spurs went on to complete a move for Gedson Fernandes instead and the Brazilian youngster remained with Flamengo.

Leandro Castan has been impressed with the way Gerson has responded to his disappointing spell with Roma and claims his fellow countryman was mismanaged at the Stadio Olimpico.

‘Returning to Brazil was the greatest decision of his career,’ the ex-Roma and Brazil defender said this weekend.

‘He stopped being loaned out to various places and is now able to play the way he’s dreamed of.

‘You have to be very tactically disciplined in Italy. He was very young and quite shy when he joined. Plus, they didn’t know what his best position was.

‘They tried him in attack but those roles were already consolidated by Mohamed Salah and Gervinho. Then he lost his place and went to Fiorentina on loan.’

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