West Ham United could be set to pounce on the unsettled Gerson, who is vying for a move away from Olympique de Marseille.
What’s the latest?
According to GOAL, the Brazilian midfielder has angered his club to the point of no return, with Marcao – his father – having tried to negotiate a return to Flamengo behind the scenes.
This has led to an opening, which could allow Hammers’ head of recruitment Rob Newman to pounce.
At this time, only the Irons are noted in the report from England. The French outfit will demand a fee of around €20m (£17m) for his services, which should not prove a stumbling block for the Premier League outfit.
However, with Marcao, his underhand dealings have even frustrated those on the West Ham board too.
Complete the midfield
Although seemingly enduring a troublesome father, there is little denying the unbridled talent that Gerson boasts.
Having had an impressive career thus far for a 25-year-old, the troubles he has faced have shaped him into an impressive and ever-improving midfielder.
The former Flamengo midfielder opened up about this to Football Italia: “I didn’t play much and felt I had to reinvent myself: I started training at home, I paid more attention to every detail: marking, positioning… I accepted I still wasn’t ready.
“There, I learned the things that I now consider most important to develop: intensity without the ball and being involved for 90 minutes, even if you don’t have the ball.
“I only played to score goals or provide assists, but I realised I could influence the game even without the ball and I’m glad: I feel much more complete now.”
He has since gone on to earn four caps for his country, with the maestro boasting far improved statistics as the seasons have gone on.
Having featured in the Champions League this season, it is clear that he boasts a positional intelligence beyond his years.
Able to ghost in between the lines, he ranks in the top 2% for progressive passes received. Then, when he finds himself in these pockets of space, he has the quality to sit in the top 1% for non-penalty goals too.
To pair him with the more defensively-sound and reliable Declan Rice, who averages 4.14 progressive passes per game, Gerson could offer another deceptive attacking threat from the engine room, whilst also providing a different skillset to him and Tomas Soucek.
In an area where they are crying out for more cover, David Moyes could rescue this frustrated star and hand him a lifeline to shine in the Premier League. It could be the final piece in his midfield puzzle.