Arsenal plot transfer move for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira as alternative to Thomas Partey
Arsenal have expressed interest in signing Danilo Pereira and view the Porto and Portugal midfielder as a cheaper alternative to Thomas Partey, according to reports.
Gunners boss Mikel Arteta is a known admirer of Partey and would ideally like to welcome the Atletico Madrid star to the Emirates this summer.
But Arsenal are not in a position to meet Partey’s €50m buy-out clause, mainly due to the coronavirus pandemic and their likely absence from next season’s European competitions.
Even if Arsenal do miss out on a deal for Partey, Arteta will still look to bolster his midfield options this summer, with the Gunners now tracking Porto’s Danilo, according to ESPN FC.
Danilo has emerged as a key player for Porto over the past five seasons, helping the club win the Primeira Liga in 2018 and climb to the top of the table this term.
The 28-year-old has a release clause of around £54m but it is claimed Porto are willing to offload the midfielder for around a third of that price in order to meet UEFA’s financial fair play requirements.
Danilo still has two years left on his current contract but is reportedly open to a move to the Premier League this summer.
Arsenal plan to meet his representatives in the coming weeks, once they know their European fate and have a better idea of their transfer budget for the summer.
Danilo helped Portugal win the European Championships in 2016 and the Nations League last year and his experience and quality has attracted interest from Arsenal.
Earlier this week, however, Arteta admitted Arsenal’s transfer plans were still undecided.
‘We have to assess the financial situation we have and the results and where we finish in the season will dictate whether we have a narrow gap or a bigger gap to do any deals,’ he said.
‘I think we are going to have to wait another 4-6 weeks to see what we are able to do.’
Arsenal beat Southampton 2-0 on Thursday evening but remain only ninth in the Premier League and face Sheffield United in the FA Cup this weekend.
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