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Arsenal want to sign midfield target Danilo Pereira from Porto for only 33% of his €60m release clause, reports guarantee.

The Gunners are set to rebuild their midfield this summer. Lucas Torreira and Matteo Guendouzi have both been connected to leave Emirate, while Dani Ceballos isn’t anticipated to remain past his loan from Real Madrid.

Mikel Arteta want to reinforce his midfield, for the role he once graced himself. Also, as per Ivisionsport, Arsenal are plotting a move for Porto’s Danilo Pereira.

Danilo Pereira has spent the previous five seasons at Porto, making close 200 appearances. His time with the club corresponds with his spell as a Portugal international, having earned 37 senior caps since 2015.

Arsenal were connected with the midfielder in the past, having explored him during Arsene Wenger’s rule. That intrigue currently seems to have reignited.

Danilo Pereira‘s understanding and leadership makes him an engaging possibility to Mikel Arteta, who has indicated his appreciation for senior players by holding the services of David Luiz and Cedric Soares recently.

Mikel Arteta will clearly be quick to exploit Danilo Pereira’s new fee. The report guarantees that Porto have reduced their asking price for the 28-year-old to simply €20m.

The release clause is lower than expected. Notwithstanding, Porto are willing to change the financial circumstance and are eager to bring down their requests to raise funds.

That fee is also significantly lesser than the one Atletico Madrid are requesting for Arsenal’s target, Thomas Partey.

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Porto face a critical choice over his future, Friday’s European papers state they are waiting for his €50m release clause. Arsenal can’t meet that sum.

Danilo Pereira is just under contract until 2022. That implies Porto should choose within a year if they are going to sell him before his contract lapses.

In a further lift for Mikel Arteta, report guarantee that Danilo Pereira is available to a move to the Premier League. He has not played in England.

Arsenal will have the option to bear the cost of his wages – but first should check whether they meet all requirements for Europe next season.

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