Arsenal could sign midfield target Danilo Pereira from Porto for just one-third of his €60m release clause, reports claim.
The Gunners are set to revamp their midfield this summer. Matteo Guendouzi an Lucas Torreira have both been linked with departures, while Dani Ceballos is not expected to stay beyond his loan from Real Madrid.
Hence, Mikel Arteta will be on the lookout for reinforcements, for the role he once graced himself. And according to ESPN, Arsenal are plotting a move for Porto’s Danilo Pereira.
Danilo has spent the past five seasons at Porto, making just shy of 200 appearances. His time with the club coincides with his spell as a Portugal international, having earned 37 senior caps since 2015.
Arsenal were linked with the midfielder in the distant past, having scouted him during Arsene Wenger’s reign. That interest now appears to have reignited.
Danilo’s experience and leadership makes him an appealing prospect to Arteta – who has shown his appreciation for senior players by retaining the services of David Luiz and Cedric Soares recently.
Arteta will surely be keen to take advantage of Danilo’s new fee. The report claims that Porto have reduced their asking price for the 28-year-old to just €20m.
That’s three times smaller than his release clause of €60m. However, Porto are aware of a changing financial situation and are willing to lower their demands to raise funds.
PEREIRA EMERGES AS AFFORDABLE TARGET
That fee is also considerably smaller than the one Atletico Madrid are demanding for Arsenal’s main target, Thomas Partey.
While the Spanish giants face a big decision over his future, Friday’s European papers say they are holding out for his €50m release clause. Arsenal are not able to meet that amount.
Danilo is only under contract until 2022. That means Porto will have to decide within the next 12 months and beyond if they are going to sell him before his deal expires – knowing his value will reduce as time goes on.
In a further boost for Arteta, ESPN claim that Danilo is open to a move to the Premier League. He has not played in England before, but spent time in Italy, Greece and Holland earlier in his career – so could add another league to his CV.
And Arsenal will be able to afford his wages – but first must see if they qualify for Europe next season.