Arsenal are being linked with a move for Porto midfielder Danilo by the Portuguese media after the Gunners reportedly had a scouting presence watch the player in action against Rio Ave this weekend.
According to A Bola, Arsenal were at the game to ‘collect information’ on the 25-year-old. No doubt scouts would have been impressed by what they saw, with Danilo scoring his second goal of the season in a 4-2 Porto win among his other contributions.
The powerful defensive midfielder has shades of Patrick Vieira about him in terms of his imposing physical stature, although with a release clause of €40m the Gunners certainly wouldn’t be able to capture Danilo on a bargain deal such as the one that took Vieira to from AC Milan to Highbury back in 1996.
Danilo also remains contracted to Porto until 2020, giving the Primeira Liga side the stronger position in any negotiations that may follow.
Whether Arsenal follow up their initial interest remains to be seen, but central midfield is continuing to prove a problem for the Gunners this season. Santi Cazorla is injured yet again, while £34m summer signing Granit Xhaka is struggling to get to grips with English football.
The Swiss international, who sealed a move from Borussia Monchengladbach prior to Euro 2016, arrived from Germany to such fanfare, but Sunday’s Premier League clash with Burnley yielded his second straight red card of the season and threatened to derail the result.
Arsenal were forced to play the final half hour without Xhaka, and the 10-men nearly let the win slip after conceding a late penalty. It was only Alexis Sanchez’s even later penalty at the other end that spared blushes and secured the vital three points.