According to Brazilian publication R7, Arsenal are interested in signing Palmeiras midfielder Danilo.
The 20-year-old, who already has 83 senior appearances under his belt and two Copa Libertadores trophies, is said to be the subject of a €25 million offer (including add ons) from the Gunners who are keen to get a deal done in January.
It sounds like Palmeiras would prefer to keep hold of their man until the summer, especially with the Club World Cup coming up in February. The report claims only a request from the player himself could make his owners change their mind.
Asked for his opinion on the player, Tim Stillman, who has more than a passing interest in Brazilian football, described Danilo as “left-footed, passing deep-lying midfielder BUT can dribble past pressure too.”
He added: “Always difficult to work out how well a player can translate from Brazil to the Premier League but a decent player. If this is true, that would be long-term Xhaka replacement (not immediate though).”
Given Edu’s connections in Brazil, not to mention the player’s age and profile, this link certainly ticks a few boxes. We’ll be interested to see if it progresses.
At this point, it’s very hard to tell if there’s any truth to it. We don’t know much about R7 and their transfer rumour track record.