The 24-year-old defensive midfielder is being touted as the fix Arsenal so desperately need in their ranks.
Having played for Vasco de Gama in his early career, the eight-capped Brazilian international left Brazil for Russia in the summer of 2012, signing for Spartak Moscow for a fee of around €8 million. However, he has failed to settle in Russia, and, due to a long-term injury, Romulo has made just 22 appearances since arriving in Europe.
He was said to be keen on securing a loan deal back to his native country in January, with both Flamengo and Internacional interested in his services, but with the deal continually delayed, Premier League side Arsenal reportedly put in a concrete transfer offer for the midfielder.
Despite no details of the transfer offer being released, Brazilian media outlet lancenet.com has reported that the deal must be agreed by Monday if the midfielder is to have any chance of making the switch to England, and they admit that he is ‘very close’ to accepting the terms laid out by the Gunners.
Although he was intending to complete a short-term deal back to Brazil to overcome the homesickness felt since his move to Russia, a transfer to the Gunners would be too great to turn down, and it appears as if his desire to switch to England has made this move more likely now than a return to his homeland.
Whilst the report suggests that a move is very close, there is the chance that Romulo’s agent has leaked the story to increase the pressure on Flamengo and Internacional so they will complete any deal, rather than continually stalling as they have done for a number of weeks.