Espanyol are set to be active in the Brazilian transfer market in the coming months.

The Spanish Liga outfit have a partnership arrangement with Gremio which gives them first refusal on the club's academy players. The deal was struck during talks over Eduardo Costa's move to Gremio.

Espanyol sports chief Paco Herrera has sent two of his staff to assess talent at Gremio's academy this week and also on a spying mission for exciting Cruzeiro attacking midfielder Foquinha.