Arsenal eyeing alternative to Partey with Porto swoop

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Arsenal are looking towards the summer transfer window.

It remains to be seen if the Gunners will be playing European football next season given that they are currently ninth in the Premier League table.

They are only six points behind fifth-placed Manchester United but they are also only two points clear of 12th-placed Everton.

They could well end the season in the bottom half, but it seems like plans are afoot for Mikel Arteta’s men to reinforce his squad.

ESPN reports that the Gunners are interested in a deal for Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira.

The report states that the Gunners wants to bring in a new midfielder when the transfer window reopens.

Danilo has a €60 million (£54.5m) release clause in his contract but the report claims that Porto could sell him for a third of that price as they wrestle with the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on their finances.

That would equate to a fee of £18.1m and he is said to be open to a move to England.

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Danilo is said to earn £48,000-per-week, meaning that the Gunners are unlikely to see his salary demands as prohibitive.

Arsenal are said to have arranged to meet with Danilo’s representatives in the coming weeks, though they are not yet said to be aware of the budget they will have.

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The report states that former Gunners boss Arsene Wenger scouted Danilo and it appears that Arteta will be revisiting this.

The 28-year-old is currently Porto’s captain, and he has a contract until 2022 with the Portuguese giants.

He has won 37 caps for Portugal and has made 192 appearances for the club in total.

He is said to be a cheaper alternative to Atletico Madrid’s Thomas Partey and it is worth comparing the two.

Per WhoScored, Danilo averages 1.3 tackles per game in Liga NOS, along with 1.1 interceptions. 1 clearance, 2.2 aerial duels won, along with 1.6 shots.

Partey, alternatively, averages 2 tackles per game in La Liga, 1.3 interceptions, 1.3 clearances, 1.8 aerial duels won, and 0.9 shots.

The Atletico man may be more prolific in the tackle but Danilo is an equally effective talent in midfield, clearly at a much lower price.

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