PSG is tracking the Brazilian defender of Torino, Gleison Bremer (25), also in the sights of many European leaders four years after his anonymous arrival in Italy, where he perfected his science of defending.
Discreet beginnings before the explosion
As often, PSG are looking to Italy to strengthen themselves this summer. Among the tracks considered, one leads to one of the most courted players in Serie A: Gleison Bremer (25), defender of Torino. The Brazilian (1.88m) has become a reference in the championship four years after his arrival in Piedmont against just under six million euros and only one year in the Brazilian championship in the legs. He first struggled on the bench (7 games in his first season) before Walter Mazzarri made him an indisputable holder of his defense. The coach was ousted in February 2021 but Bremer blames him for his outbreak at the highest level.
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“He was super defensive and loved defending, he confided in 2021. He understood what my main qualities are – my speed and my power. He kept telling me that I could become a great defender if I learned to to position my body and to score. It’s a school here. I still think that the Italian defenders are the best in the world. The players defend differently now than in the past. You have to know how to build from the back but, for a defender , defending remains the most important thing. You must never lose sight of that.” A sign of his reliability, the many coaching changes (four since Mazzarri) have never impacted his playing time. Very attached to Torino, he occasionally wears the captain’s armband.
Excellent in positioning, more comfortable in a three-man defense, occasional scorer…
In Italy, Bremer rubbed shoulders with sacred clients (Ronaldo, Zlatan, Osimhen) and often got away with the tributes. Mazzarri hailed his game as a ‘veteran’ after holding off Ronaldo for 84 minutes before the Portuguese scored in May 2019. its size (1.88m), but rather with its very fair placement.
“Never let your man turn around, he proclaims like a leitmotif. If he turns around, you’re dead.” At Torino, Bremer plays in a three-man defense set up by the Croatian Ivan Juric, on the bench since 2021. The scheme in which he feels most comfortable. “To play as Mr. Juric wants, you also have to think, he confided to The Athletic. Sometimes you have to step back and other times you have to go, so it’s not just strength, intercepting and score.” Defense is also Torino’s strong point this season (5th best defense in Serie A behind the four leading teams) and Bremer is no stranger to it. He adds another quality that does not spoil anything, that of scoring a few goals. He has 15 in 110 appearances with the Granata.
Lucio as idol
Bremer was born the same year as the professional debut of Lucio (in 1997), his idol in the position who concluded his rich career in 2019 at 41 years old. “Yes, Lucio was my idol,” says Bremer, who is inspired by other legends like Paulo Maldini or Alessandro Nesta. He also cites the Paraguayan Carlos Gamarra (Benfica, Atlético, Inter) or the lesser known Leonardo Silva, then 40 years old when he started alongside him at Mineiro. He also looks with admiration at some of his contemporaries. “Van Dijk is very strong, he agrees. In Italy, a reference is Koulibaly, he is really strong”.
Very heavy as courtiers
The Bremer track at PSG is concrete but Paris is not alone on the file. The gratin of European football follows the Brazilian. It will be necessary to take out the checkbook, especially since the player recently extended his contract for one season, until 2024. Inter Milan, Bayern Munich and Liverpool have been cited as suitors. Newcastle would have even made an offer of 30 million euros during the last transfer window. Its price is estimated at these levels.
Never called up for selection, snubbed for the Olympics
If he caught the eye of European recruiters, Bremer has not yet been called up to the Brazilian selection. In the absence of the A’s, he hoped to participate in the last Olympic Games in Tokyo in 2021. But the defender was ultimately not selected for the meeting in Japan. This had angered his compatriot and former teammate at Torino, Lyanco. “And Bremer, who plays a lot in Italy? The Southampton defender reacted to the announcement of the list. Doesn’t he deserve respect? You don’t deserve it.” A transfer to a European manager would certainly help to finally offer him an international destiny.