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Arsenal Transfer Target Report: Brazilian Goal-Scoring Sensation Leandro Damiao

This player has been linked with the Gunners for the past few months, he is making waves in the Brazilian League with his high scoring rate and impressive performances with his club Internacional. The player is now a Brazilian international and is bein…

This player has been linked with the Gunners for the past few months, he is making waves in the Brazilian League with his high scoring rate and impressive performances with his club Internacional. The player is now a Brazilian international and is being linked with the best clubs in Europe, the player I’m talking about is Internacional sensation Leandro Damiao.

Leandro Damiao was born on July 22, 1989 in Jardem Alegre, Brazil. Leandro Damiao isn’t like any other Brazilian sensation that you know of, he’s not the Neymar, Robinho, Pato and many others who are hyped up by Youtube videos and such. Damiao took his chance the hard way, he was struggling to get a pro contract with his current club when he was 17. So Damiao, displaying his determination, decided to test his luck in the Brazilian lower divisions where he displayed his talent, especially in finishing and scoring goals. Internacional, finally gave him his chance and he has so far taken it brilliantly. Leandro Damiao is a truly gifted player who is known for his determination and his skill, especially inside the box. He stands at a bit over 6’1″ which assists him greatly aerially, he is a real presence inside the box with his predator instincts and clinical finishes, both with his head and feet. He is mobile, quick and skillful with the ball as well.

He is nicknamed “Damigol” by his fans at Internacional and has had a superb season so far with Internacional, scoring 22 goals in 24 matches, which brought the attention of Brazil national team coach Mano Menezes and was called up for the friendly against Scotland in the Emirates Stadium. Leandro Damiao is reportedly being targeted by the North London rivals, Arsenal and Tottenham and also by Spanish side Barcelona. Damiao is valued by at around 5.7 million pounds and is being reported that both Arsenal and Tottenham, are willing to pay as much as 10 million pounds to sign this rising star. He has scored 29 goals in 53 appearances so far with Internacional.

In my opinion, I would prefer a proven player in Europe, but from what I’ve heard of and seen of him, he has a bright future and might prove to be a shrewd, good signing for the Gunners.

Most of you probably don’t know much about him, so here are some videos displaying his talents:




This is a video displaying a brilliant assist from Damiao with impressive skill:


What do you think? Should Wenger go for Damiao? Please share your thoughts and opinions.

Cheers and take care,

Omar –



  1. Pat Whelton

    June 4, 2011 at 8:37 pm

    Bit of an opportunist goal poacher but then again we need all the help we can get. 10 Mil sounds cheap son if we can stop Spurs getting him then GO

    • Omar Almasri

      June 4, 2011 at 11:49 pm

      Yeah, he’s a good finisher and is skillful as well despite his relatively tall height.

      I think it will take a bit more than 10 million to get him, as I heard that Spurs already had a bit of around that value rejected.

      Cheers and take care,


  2. Adam

    June 4, 2011 at 8:56 pm

    Looks sharp infront of goal. Quick on the second chances. Has flair and passion. Any club that gets him will be stronger for it. I hope we can get him before spurs grab him.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 4, 2011 at 11:51 pm

      He definitely looks like a fox in the box, a goal-poacher type player with skill. He looks like he can be a good signing in my opinion, but it looks like Spurs are more content on buying him then the Gunners.

      Cheers and take care,


  3. Domhuaille MacMathghamhna

    June 4, 2011 at 11:25 pm

    One can’t seriously rely on a few video clips to tell much about a player but if AW’s scouts have reported him to Arsenal then it means he’s definitely worth the effort….he does seem like a fox in and out of the box…just what we need to compliment RVP or sub for him if he gets injured again…or should I say when?

    • Omar Almasri

      June 4, 2011 at 11:54 pm

      You’re right, we can’t rely on just clips, but with many top clubs interested in him like Barcelona, then that means there is something special about him and he’s worth to have a look at.

      He could prove to be an excellent signing.

      Cheers and take care,


  4. john smith

    June 5, 2011 at 12:24 am

    how many strikers r we chasin just sign a striker 2 replace bendtner, falcao or benzema or gervinho, or this guy, just sign sakho n a keeper n eden hazard n chamberlain n loan him 2 da premier league

  5. musa

    June 5, 2011 at 9:00 am

    wenger should buy gud striker or should resign.

  6. Ant

    June 5, 2011 at 3:38 pm

    If spurs really want him arsenal won’t be able to get him, spurs have a business partneship (?) with internacional, which means whatever arsenal bid spurs have the chance to bid the same amount as arsenal or let him go to arsenal or any other club.

    • Omar Almasri

      June 5, 2011 at 11:06 pm

      Yeah, it does look like Spurs have a good relationship with Internacional especially after they signed Sandro. If you heard the latest news, Spurs reportedly had a bid rejected for him so they’re not getting any special treatment from Internacional.

      Cheers and take care,


  7. papeeylo

    June 6, 2011 at 12:28 pm

    I personally love this player and i will to see him in Arsenal shirt next season pls Omar tell Marco Silva to tell Wenger to get dis player and convincing of champions league football pls am beging. Tanks cheers Omar

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