THE word is out on Everton Soares joining Arsenal.
The Brazil striker’s wife Isa Ranieri posted clips of him learning English – just as a doctor reportedly arrived in the Gremio star’s country to give him a medical for the Gunners.
Arsenal are on the brink of sealing a £25million deal, plus £11m add-ons, despite Manchester United reputedly sending scouts to watch the 23-year-old help the home nation win the Copa America this month.
Premier League champions Man City have also been linked – causing some Etihad fans to speculate his English lessons suggested he is heading their way.
One claimed: He said ‘blue’, he’s coming to City” while another added: “Choose Manchester City NOT Arsenal.”
But a further tweet suggested Etihad chief Pep Guardiola has no need or desire to sign Everton: “They don’t want him and all their wingers are better than him.”
Everton has already revealed he might miss Gremio’s Copa do Brasil quarter-final next Wednesday due to uncertainty over his future.
He said after Saturday’s 2-1 top-flight win over Vasco da Gama: “I do not know. It’s an unknown.
“Really. I do not know what can happen. As time goes by, things are tapering.
“I have a proposal. I cannot talk to the club.
“I do not guarantee that I will play against Bahia on Wednesday. We will see.”
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But earlier in the summer Everton heightened speculation of an Emirates move when he started following compatriot Gabriel Martinelli on Instagram.
Ex-Corinthians forward Martinelli, is the Gunners’ only summer recruit so far – from Brazilians Ituano.
And Arsenal mananger Unai Emery has hinted £6m Martinelli could help his pursuit of Everton.
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