Journalist Charles Watts has reported that Arsenal are yet to make a bid for Palmeiras midfielder Danilo, but he expects an offer to come in amid strong transfer rumours.
Over the summer, the Gunners seemed pretty keen on landing a new player to bulk up their options in the middle of the park but failed to get a deal across the line.
However, Arsenal may yet land a midfielder in January, with Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola (via Sport Witness) claiming a bid was made for Danilo in the summer and that a new one will be tabled soon.
Amid all this, while talking about the player on his YouTube channel, Watts claimed that no bid has come in yet, but he does expect the Gunners to try and get a deal done this winter.
He said: “I believe Arsenal did actually make a bid for him towards the end of the summer transfer window and were told in no uncertain terms: look, it’s not happening now.
“Now, that may well change in January because Palmeiras are in a position now where they can start looking at accepting offers, potentially, and Arsenal will be doing a lot of groundwork when it comes to him.
“They’ve been talking to the club, been talking to their representatives for a long, long time. Everyone kind of knows where everyone stands in that situation, but it’s just a case [of] firming up that interest.
“As far as I’m aware, there hasn’t been a bid made yet from Arsenal for Danilo. But I expect there’s going to be lots of talk about that as we head towards January, and it wouldn’t surprise me if Arsenal do firm up that interest, make a bid and try and get this one done.
“I’m not saying it will happen, I’m just saying it wouldn’t surprise me. Having spoken to people close to that deal, there is a belief that Arsenal will try again in January.”
TIF Thoughts on Danilo and Arsenal…
Despite still only being 21 years of age, Danilo is supposedly a ‘household name’ in South American football and has impressed greatly with Palmeiras (as per Goal).
Evidently, Danilo is a top player already and looks destined to achieve great things in Europe. No doubt, Mikel Arteta will be hoping he can do just that at Arsenal. However, nothing is decided yet and so it’ll be interesting to see if and when the Gunners make their next bid.