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Arsenal still in the race for Portuguese midfield enforcer

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Arsenal maintain an interest in Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira, according to the, but they will face competition from Serie A champions Juventus.

The biggest stumbling block for any deal to go ahead is the Portuguese international’s massive €60million buyout clause which is unlikely to be met by any potential suitor.

Danilo helped Portugal to Euro 2016 glory last summer, and is a key component of Porto’s midfield. The 25 year old is however a holding midfielder, and does not offer a great deal in the attacking third of the pitch.

Last season, he made 41 appearances in all competitions for Porto, scoring four goals and providing one assist. Although the Gunners are likely to strengthen in the central midfield area over the summer due to Santi Cazorla’s ongoing injury problems, and doubts over Jack Wilshere’s future, Arsene Wenger is well stocked for holding midfielders.

Mohamed Elneny, Grant Xhaka and Francis Coquelin are all regulars for Arsenal, and it’s likely that a move for Danilo would only be considered if the likes of Coquelin are shipped out this summer. The Frenchman was linked with a loan move to Valencia last month by AS.

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