Arsenal learn asking price for key transfer target Danilo Pereira

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Arsenal were beaten on Wednesday night.

The Gunners were in good form ahead of their clash with Aston Villa, having beaten both Liverpool and Manchester City in quick succession.

However, on Wednesday, they were beaten by Dean Smith’s relegation-threatened men, losing 1-0 at Villa Park.

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Trezeguet’s goal gave them hope of avoiding relegation before the final day of the season but it has confirmed that the Gunners face a dispiriting conclusion to the campaign.

They are currently 10th in the league and cannot finish higher than eighth – they are guaranteed to finish below north London rivals Tottenham Hotspur for the fourth successive season.

It makes European football an impossibility too, and it has sharpened the focus on their summer business.

They have some gaping holes in their squad, and a report has stated that they want to sign a defensive midfielder in the summer transfer window.

It appears that they are unlikely to sign Thomas Partey from Atletico Madrid, however.

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Focus has shifted, as a result, to Porto’s Danilo Pereira, and it has now become clear just how much the Gunners will have to pay to land their man.

Sport Witness carries a report from Jornal de Noticias, which claims that Porto would demand €40 million (£36.3m) for the midfielder.

Last summer, it is claimed, Monaco attempted to sign the Portugal international and made a €30m (£27.2m) bid, only to see it rejected.

Danilo has a €60m (54.3m) release clause in his contract but he is likely to move for a lower amount this summer.

GIVEMESPORT’S Harry Sherlock says…

Steel is needed in Arsenal’s midfield.

If they are to climb back into contention for the top four, they need to strengthen in the summer transfer window.

A move for Danilo, then, makes all the sense in the world, and the fee doesn’t seem outlandish.

He averages 1.2 tackles per game in Liga NOS, along with 1.1 interceptions, 1.2 fouls, and 1.1 clearances, while he is dribbled past on just 0.6 occasions per game, per WhoScored.

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Danilo has an excellent passing accuracy too, clocking in at 87.4% from an average of 48.4 passes per game.

He can both win the ball back and utilise it when it is in his possession and that is a fine trait to have in the Premier League.

Mikel Arteta’s side may need more than just a defensive midfielder – they probably need an attacking midfielder too – but signing Danilo would be an excellent start.

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