North London club, Arsenal have been dealt a devastating blow in their pursuit of defensive reinforcement s, with centre-back Bruno Peres slipping from their grasp.
Reports indicate that Peres is set to undergo medical examinations ahead of a move to Italian Serie A side AS Roma today.
Peres’ future has been under scrutiny throughout the summer, with claims that a host of top clubs have been eyeing his signature following his exploits at right back for Torino last season. Arsenal were one of his suitors and the Gunners reportedly contacted Torino over his availability and now, it appears Peres is set to remain in the Serie A – with only medicals to be conducted before he becomes a Roma player.
Italian media outlet Sky Italia confirm that Peres will join the Giallorossi on an initial loan deal, with Torino inserting a compulsory purchase option in the loan deal. Roma will pay a loan fee of €1m to Torino and another €13.5m when the loan move become permanent.
Another €1.5m in bonuses will be added, and 20% of any transfer fee – should the Brazilian defender be sold by the Stadio Olimpico landlords in future, as per the report.
Roma want to quickly seal the deal for Peres in order to include him in their Champions League squad by midnight. The defender could also feature for the Giallorossi tomorrow if the transfer is completed before the day ends.
Arsenal will have to focus on their other defensive targets – Shkodran Mustafi and Simon Kjaer – and will want to sign either in time for their next league game against last season’s champions Leicester.