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‘One fundamental thing is to play Champions League next season’ – Torino defender Bremer outlines next club preference amid Chelsea and Tottenham interest

By Mohamed Moallim

Published: 18:15, 30 June 2022

Torino defender Gleison Bremer is unsure where he will be playing his football next season but says it must be for a Champions League club.

The 25-year-old central defender has been linked with a move away from Il Toro this summer with Chelsea being the most high-profile suitor. Bremer’s current deal at Torino expires in June 2024 meaning if he doesnt pen a new deal the Serie A outfit face the possibility of losing him without getting anything in return.

Bremer has been a mainstay at Stadio Grande Torino since July 2018, during these past four seasons he’s seen the club yo-yoing, a seventh place finish in 2018/19 was followed by back-to-back bottom half placements (16th – 2019/20, 17 – 2020/21) before ending the season just gone in tenth. Since coming to Europe he’s played in six Europa League Qualifying games and the much-wanted defender feels now is the moment to step up in his development.

“I don’t know where I will play, I am talking to my agent and at the moment, there is nothing defined yet,” he told Flow Sport Club (via Football Italia).

“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.”

As touched upon, Bremer and Torino enjoyed a much stronger campaign last time out, the native of Itapitanga in particular stood out. No player across Europe’s top seven leagues registered more interceptions (105) than him. Bremer was near ever-present as he only missed five league games with three of those due to a troublesome ankle injury.

His rise this season led Italian daily Corriere dello Sport to recently state that “he’s ready for a big club” and that his valuation has exceeded €50m. There are no shortage of suitors for his signature including Tottenham, but chances are he could remain in Serie A where he’s netted 11 goals since 2019/20, which is more than any central defender in Italy’s top division during this period. Dethroned champions Inter Milan are reportedly keeping tabs on him.