Melo (right) could be doing battle with Clint Dempsey in the Premier League next season
Former Arsenal midfielder Gilberto Silva says he has urged his Brazil team-mate Felipe Melo to join the Gunners this summer.
The Gunners are reported to have made a substantial offer for Fiorentina's 25-year-old holding midfielder.
"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."
Gilberto, who left the Gunners for Panathinaikos in Greece last summer, added: "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."
The 32-year-old Silva, who spent six seasons with the Gunners, played alongside Melo in Brazil's Confederations Cup final win over the US and said he had been impressed with his side-kick throughout the tournament.
"He is a very good player," said Silva after his side's 3-2 win at Ellis Park on Sunday.
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