Liverpool rival Arsenal in race for 'new Vieira' - reports

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Parma midfielder Danilo Pereira has emerged as a surprise summer transfer target for both Arsenal and Liverpool according to talkSPORT.

The talented 19-year-old starred for Portugal in the recent Under-20 World Cup, and was nominated for the 'Golden Ball' award after a series of scintillating performances for the tournament's runners-up.

Likened to a young Patrick Vieira, the tenacious, tough-tackling Pereira plays primarily as a defensive midfielder, but the 6ft 1in star is also renowned for his excellent strength and technique with a football - causing him to be deployed in a more attacking role during a loan spell in Greece in the second half of last season.

With Gunners boss Arsene Wenger known to be in the market for midfield reinforcements after the recent sale of Cesc Fabregas, and the imminent departure of Samir Nasri away from the Emirates Stadium - Arsenal could now make a move for the Serie A starlet.


However, reports emanating from Italy suggest that it is in fact Liverpool who are the favourites to land Pereira's signature - meaning Reds boss Kenny Dalglish will have added no less than four midfielders to his Anfield ranks during the transfer window.

Having only been at Parma for one season after Portuguese giants Benfica opted not to offer him a professional contract, Pereira could now become the subject of a late summer scrap between Arsenal and Liverpool as the end of the window fast approaches.

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