Arsenal are looking to bolster the ranks in January, and have reportedly set their sights on talented Brazilian midfielder Danilo.
The Lowdown: A hot prospect
The Sociedade Esportiva Palmeiras gem is the latest Brazilian starlet to tantalise top European clubs with his stellar performances in South America.
The industrious midfield talent boasts a dynamic approach to his game and could prove an promising signing for potential high-profile suitors.
The Latest: Arsenal’s continued interest
Danilo was previously touted to be on the Gunners watchlist, with Callum Williams – a reporter for the Copa Libertadores – stating the current Premier League table toppers had issued enquiries regarding the player, who was the valued at around £21.5m, in August.
Interest cooled and a deal was not forged, despite injury worries, but with the Gunners’ deadline day target Douglas Luiz recently penning a new deal with Aston Villa, focus on Luiz’s compatriot has been reignited.
The Verdict: A shrewd signing
Arsenal owner Stan Kroenke appears to have given Arteta and sporting director Edu Gaspar the green light toward further deals in January; a burnout is feared with the likes of Bukayo Saka and Granit Xhaka playing every fixture to date this term.
Palmeiras rejected Arsenal’s advances for the 21-year-old several months ago, but with the Brazilian football calendar concluding before next month’s World Cup, the club’s Spaniard boss may be successful with a bid in the region of £26m.
With a robust approach that would aid a seamless transition into English football, Danilo has recorded a seasonal passing accuracy of 84% for Palmeiras, whilst making 2.0 tackles and completing 0.8 interceptions per match, as per SofaScore.
Arsenal writer Tim Stillman once labelled the sensation as the “long-term Xhaka replacement”, high praise indeed for a player so early in their promising career and given the need for midfield reinforcements, that reasoning will only add to why a move for the Brazilian gem makes a ton of sense this winter.