Michel Bastos is a Brazilian international who plays for French club Olympique Lyonnais on the left side of midfield. He is used by Brazil as a left back, so is obviously a skilful and versatile player.
Phillipe Auclair, who is a writer and English correspondent of FranceFootball has tweeted,
“There’s talk around Lyon of Michel Bastos going to Arsenal.”
There have been no reports in the mainstream press about this, but it would not be the first time that Arsene Wenger kept his dealings secret. Every time that Arsenal are linked to a player, they suddenly become the centre of attention for a host of other clubs, often Tottenham and Manchester City.
Bastos has impressed at Lyon, making 80 appearances and scoring 23 goals in his three seasons there. He moved to Lyon from Lille in order to further his international career, and a move to the Premier league would be another step up. United Arab Emirates champions Al Ain have been negotiating with the French club, apparently but no deal has been done.
Bastos is a quality player, and scored a fantastic goal at the weekend (see the link below) but is he the player that Arsenal need? The main problem with our two current left backs Gibbs and Santos, according to many Gooners, is that they are too attacking and forget their defensive duties occasionally. I do not think that a player who usually plays in midfield would be any different.
With Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain and Santi Cazorla, Arsenal also seem to have the left side covered so I am not holding my breath about this particular rumour.