Arsenal close to signing 21-year-old midfielder with a January deal likely

Arsenal are close to signing Palmeiras midfielder Danilo and could strike a deal in the January transfer window.

Despite an excellent start to the season, with Arsenal at the top of the Premier League, Mikel Arteta hopes to strengthen his squad to continue to compete with the likes of Manchester City.

Since joining the club, Arteta and Edu Gaspar have looked to target younger talent to strengthen their squad for the future.

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Now, according to Brazilian outlet Bolavip, Arsenal are close to reaching a deal to sign Palmeiras midfielder Danilo. The report states that the Brazilian club are already looking for his replacement and expect a deal to happen in the January transfer window.

At 21, Danilo fits into Arsenal’s recent recruitment strategy and will help build competition in midfield.

Granit Xhaka and Thomas Partey have been impressive for Arsenal this season, but with the former now in his thirties, Danilo could be a long-term replacement.

Arsenal have had many joys in the Brazilian market, with Gabriel Martinelli in particular a fantastic hit.

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