The Gunners might end up missing out on a major transfer target due to their absence in the elite competition.
Gleison Bremer has admitted he will prioritize moving to a club where he would play Champions League football next season.
The Torino star is among the most in-demand defenders of the current transfer window, with several clubs pursuing his signature.
Arsenal are competing against Tottenham and Chelsea in their efforts to sign Bremer. However, a new comment from the 25-year-old might end the Gunners’ hopes of signing him this summer.
“I don’t know where I will play, I am talking to my agent and at the moment, there is nothing defined yet,” Bremer told Flow Sport Club.
“I am unsure whether I’ll remain in Italy or go abroad. One fundamental thing is to play the Champions League next season. This is fundamental to continuing my growth. We’ll define everything in the next few days or weeks.”
Bremer won Serie A’s Best Defender award last season, playing a key role in Torino’s impressive defensive record. In addition, the three London clubs mentioned above, Juventus and Inter, have shown interest in keeping the defender in Italy.
The Torino star is eligible to play for both Italy and Brazil. However, he still has not decided where he will spend his international career.
“My wife has Italian ancestors, so she’ll get an Italian passport.” Bremer added.
“Naturally, I’ll get the same. My dream is to be called up by Brazil, but I’ve had a solid career in Italy so there’s this possibility. Let’s see.”