Arsenal working hard to sign Palmeiras midfielder Danilo

Arsenal are exploring a deal for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo ahead of Thursday’s transfer deadline, according to The Daily Mail.

The north London giants are currently in the middle of a midfield injury crisis with Mohamed Elneny and Thomas Partey sidelined with muscular concerns.

Amidst this, the club are determined to bring in a holding midfielder, and it is reported that the Gunners are looking to land Danilo from Palmeiras for £18 million.

Meanwhile, OneFootball’s Vice Chairman Elliot Richardson has also revealed that Arsenal are ‘working hard’ to sign Danilo, and there is a decent chance of a deal.

Danilo would be a superb acquisition for Arsenal

The 21-year-old has been linked with the Gunners at different times this year, and the club are now making a serious approach to land his services from Palmeiras.

Danilo is not an aerially imposing midfielder at 177 cm, but the Brazilian has caught the eye with his ability to win regular duels alongside superb concentration.

In the current Serie A campaign, the youngster has averaged 2.2 tackles and 0.8 interceptions per game. Meanwhile, he has also won 3.6 ground duels per outing.

Hence, he can be regarded as a tireless hard-working midfielder. Danilo would be a superb signing for Arsenal but it remains to be seen whether they can land him.

Palmeiras are currently midway through their league campaign where they are top with a seven-point advantage. The club have not lifted the title since 2018.

Elsewhere, the club are also into the Copa Libertadores semi-final (equivalent to the Champions League). They are trailing 1-0 to Athletico Paranaense after the first leg.

Arsenal have their work cut out to sign the highly-rated midfielder. Danilo should be tempted to join the Gunners, given the large number of Brazilian contingents.

The deal may eventually depend on whether Palmeiras are willing to cash in on him.

Stats from Transfermarkt.com and SofaScore.com

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