By Matt Farr
Arsenal are interested in FC Porto midfielder Danilo, according to a report.
News outlet Abola claim that the north London club sent scouts to watch the 25-year-old midfielder during Porto’s 4-2 victory over Rio Ave on Saturday.
Danilo scored Porto’s third goal of the night, maintaining his impressive start to the season – one that has caught the eye of Gunners boss Arsene Wenger.
He appeared in all six of Porto’s Champions League group-stage matches this season, and played an important role as the Portuguese outfit thrashed Leicester 5-0 in December.
A report from the Express back in April claims that Arsenal previously had a bid rejected for the midfielder, suggesting Wenger is very keen on bringing him to the Emirates.
The Euro 2016 winner has a release clause in his contract worth £34.5million, but a more recent report from the Express suggests that Wenger would prefer to wait until the summer for a move.
Arsenal are currently without several of their first-team options, with Mohamed Elneny at the Africa Cup of Nations, and Santi Cazorla sidelined with injury.
Jack Wilshere, meanwhile, remains on loan at Bournemouth, leaving Aaron Ramsey and Francis Coquelin as Wenger’s two remaining options, after Granit Xhaka was sent off against Burnley earning him a four-match suspension.
However, Wenger does not believe it will force him into acquiring a new midfielder this month, and is likely to wait until the summer to bring in further reinforcements.
Football Insider verdict
Arsenal may be short of midfield options at the moment, but there is no need to take drastic measures in the transfer market. Danilo may have been in impressive form for Porto this season, but there is little evidence to suggest that he is the kind of player that will make the big impact at Arsenal that they are looking for. He could provide another decent option in the defensive-midfield department, but the Gunners may need someone with a little more recognised quality as a more regular first-team option. Unless, of course, Wenger has plans for the likes of Coquelin or Elneny at the end of the campaign. Arsenal could do with spending money in the summer, but in this particular instance, £34.5 million could be used more productively in other areas.
In other Arsenal transfer news, Carl Jenkinson’s proposed move to Crystal Palace has collapsed.