Ex Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva has told Brazil team-mate Felipe Melo he should join Arsenal.
According to press reports Arsenal have made an offer for the Fiorentina midfielder, 25, who has been on international duty at the Confederations Cup.
Gilberto, who left the Emirates last summer to join Panathinaikos, told BBC Sport:
“We heard rumours and he asked me. I said it’s a fantastic club and if he’s interested he should go without thinking.”
“He is exactly what they need – a powerful player with quality.
“If they got him it would be great because he is a player they need at the moment.
“I’m sure if they got him it would be a good signing. I have told him Arsenal is a great club and I am sure next season they will improve.”