Arsenal are eyeing another Brazilian wonderkid in Danilo before the transfer window closes.
THE LOWDOWN: INJURY PROBLEMS
Arsenal have started the season well but recent injuries to Mohamed Elneny, Thomas Partey and Oleksandr Zinchenko is attempting to derail the team’s momentum and rhythm. However, they managed to wrack up a gritty 2-1 win over Aston Villa on Wednesday to continue their excellent start to the season.
The win over Aston Villa also came at a cost as skipper Martin Odegaard went off injured and Mikel Arteta confirmed in his post-match that he took a bad kick and will be needing an assessment in the coming hours.
Arteta’s priority was thought to be a winger at this late stage of the window after Nicolas Pepe joined Nice on loan. But the update on the Egyptian has taken over the edge and Arsenal’s attention has reportedly switched to reinforcements in midfield.
THE LATEST: BRAZILIAN LINK
Arsenal manager Mikel Arteta is reportedly working with transfer chief Edu to complete a deal for Brazilian youngster Danilo. The Gunners are in the market for a new midfielder after a string of injury issues, which may put their immaculate start to the season under threat.
According to The Daily Mail, the Gunners are eyeing up a swoop for 21-year-old Palmeiras star Danilo and hope to get the deal done with an £18million offer.
Arteta and Director of Football, Edu, are working tirelessly to convince the Brazilian outfit to do business. However, ESPN claims that initial talks have thrown up problems. It is believed that Palmeiras are reluctant to sell because there is only a little time to find a replacement for one of their key players.
THE VERDICT: FITS THE PROFILE
At just 21, Danilo has made over 100 appearances and scored eight goals for Palmeiras. He has built a solid reputation in his homeland as a steadying presence in the middle and has been in the first team for about three years.
The midfielder has got decent numbers and his age fits into Arsenal’s transfer strategy. More importantly, with Edu’s Brazilian connection, getting the defensive midfielder in as a cover for the injured duo should not be difficult but it is a matter of whether there is enough time to get it over the line.