Arsenal could swoop to sign Porto star Wendell

By on April 2, 2024

Wendell FC Porto Bukayo Saka

According to Dean Jones on Give Me Sport, Arsenal could consider FC Porto’s full-back Wendell as a suitable fit for Mikel Arteta’s project this summer.

In recent days, there has been much discussion about Arsenal’s intention to bolster their full-back options in the summer, specifically focusing on the left-back position.

Wendell to Arsenal

Dean Jones has mentioned Brazilian Wendell as a player the Gunners could be interested in signing this summer. In line with Arsenal’s desire for a stronger squad next season, Jones says that Wendell could be a good signing as he’s a ‘really big’ player with experience. Not only that, but he should be ‘pretty cheap’ (Transfermarkt value him at £4m) so the South American could be a useful addition to Arteta’s squad.

However, the transfer insider suggests that Arsenal may have to compete with Manchester United and Juventus for the 30-year-old’s signature.

Jones told Give Me Sport:

“Juve have started looking at Wendell, and if Porto start to show any openness to selling him, then I wonder if he could come into view for the likes of Man United and maybe even Arsenal, who saw the job he did on Saka recently. This is a player with really big experience, playing all over the world in huge competitions and at competitive teams.

“He would be pretty cheap, and from conversations I have had around United and Arsenal, the mindset and wisdom of new players is going to be key because both of those sides really want players that can help elevate their younger talent. Would you want him as a starter every single week? Maybe not, but his contract is up in 2025, and when you are looking for players in a squad, he fits for me.”

Arsenal witnessed firsthand what Wendell can do. He was excellent in the Arsenal vs. FC Porto round-of-16 matches; he nullified Saka in these games. If his performance in these matches showed us something, he’s a fine full-back and could be a shrewd signing.

That said, at 30, is a move for his services prudent when there are younger and fantastic transfer alternatives, such as Ferdi Kadioglu?