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Gilberto Silva Advises Fiorentina's Felipe Melo To Make Arsenal Move

Former Arsenal captain Gilberto Silva has encouraged international team-mate Felipe Melo to join his ex-club should he leave Fiorentina this summer.

As well as being linked with a move to the Emirates Stadium, the 26-year-old has also been suggested as a possible acquisition for European champions Barcelona, while Flamengo's Adriano believes he should join Inter.

However, Silva is confident the combative midfielder would prove to be a huge success should he opt to ink a deal with the Gunners.

"We heard rumours and he asked me. I said it's a fantastic club and if he's interested he should go without thinking," Silva told BBC Sport.

"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."

Gilberto Silva is also of the opinion that Melo would have no problems adapting to the Premier League.

"He is a very good player," Silva remarked.

"Felipe has shown in the national team that he has personality and quality.

"I am sure he has a lot more to grow as well. He is a young player, strong, powerful and has a good quality in his pass.

"My partnership with him works well and I hope we can carry on doing well for Brazil."

Ricky Brooks,