We’ve recently been linked with a move for Portuguese midfielder Danilo Pereira, and reports suggest we’ve made a bid, which was quickly shot down by his current club Porto, according to Portuguese publication Correio da Manha (via the Express).
The midfielder has a buyout clause of around £31.7m (via the Express), and Porto are apparently unwilling to budge on that. We’ve allegedly made a bit substantially lower than that, so if Arsene Wenger wants to sign the 24-year-old he’ll have to seriously up his offer.
He’s a player we’ve been monitoring for quite some time, with Wenger sending scouts to watch him regularly. He’s clearly a player the Frenchman admires, but at close to £32m we should arguably be looking elsewhere.
Danilo has been impressing a number of European clubs recently, as his agent revealed during an interview.
“What I know is that Danilo appeals to many clubs, both Spanish and English, but at the moment his future is not set,” he told Voila News (via the Express).
It’s hard to know how much of this is just agent bluster looking to bump up the price of his client, but it seems we’re facing some serious competition for his signature.
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Wenger is known for not wanting to get involved in a bidding war, so if there’s too much attention surrounding Danilo that may turn the manager off.
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Missing out on Danilo wouldn’t be the worst thing in the world anyway, although with a number of Arsenal stars potentially set to leave the club, we really need to make a few signings this summer.