Paper Talk: Man United eye Barca star; Arsenal watch Porto ace

Date published: Wednesday 6th April 2016 11:43

Manchester United are reportedly ready to swoop for Sergio Busquets, while Arsenal have had Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira watched again, according to Wednesday morning’s transfer gossip.



Arsenal scout Luis Boa Morte ran the rule over Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira on Monday night, according to the Daily Mail.

Danilo, a 24-year-old holding player, didn’t enjoy the best of nights though as he was booked in the first half and Porto went down to a surprising 1-0 defeat at home to bottom club Tondela.

Boa Morte confirmed earlier this season that he was an admirer of Danilo, saying: “I’ve watched Danilo since he was 15 or 16 years old at Benfica.

“His development has been impressive, but I wasn’t surprised by it.

“Danilo has quality for a different challenge, he just need to be given the opportunity. Things are already easy for him at FCP.”

Danilo joined Porto last summer and has a release clause worth £29.5million.

Arsenal have drawn up an extensive list of potential signings for the summer including the likes of Granit Xhaka, Adrien Rabiot, William Carvalho, Lars Bender and Grzegorz Krychowiak all mentioned as possible midfield targets.



Manchester United are looking at Sergio Busquets, 27, with the midfielder having rejected a new deal at Barcelona.

The Spain international is currently in talks over a new contract at the Nou Camp, but has struggled to agree terms on a new deal and is reportedly holding out for more money.

According to Fichajes, Barca have so far rejected all offers for one of their star players, but United could have a better chance of signing him for a reasonable fee if this contract stand-off continues.

Regarded as one of the best defensive midfield players in the world, his potential arrival at Old Trafford would further suggestions that Michael Carrick’s contract will not be renewed, while doubts have also emerged about the long-term future of France midfielder Morgan Schneiderlin.



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