Arsenal sign Gilberto Silva

Arsenal have signed Brazilian Gilberto Silva, according to officials from his club Atletico Mineiro.

The Premiership champions have reportedly agreed a fee of around £4.5m (€7.1) for the midfielder, who played in all Brazil’s games when they were crowned world champions in the Far East earlier this month.

The transfer was finalised in London by Atletico Mineiro president Alexandre Kalil and the 25-year-old will arrive in England this morning.

Gilberto Silva is the fourth member of the World Cup-winning team to be transferred since their return from Japan.

Edilson has moved to Japan J League team Kashiwa Reyson, Luizao has joined Germany’s Hertha Berlin and Belletti has signed for Spanish side Villarreal.

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