Nottingham Forest are set to sign young Brazil star Danilo – just six months after he came close to moving to Arsenal.
Danilo was first eyed up by the Gunners last January, with sporting director Edu continuing to keep tabs on the 21-year-old throughout the year.
Following injuries to Thomas Partey and Mohamed Elneny, Arsenal attempted to make a late summer move for the defensive midfielder but Palmeiras were reluctant to sell.
This eventually lead Mikel Arteta and co. to instead pursue a deal for Aston Villa’s Douglas Luiz on deadline day, though they would also fail to sign the 24-year-old who has since signed a new contract with the Villans.
But while some still feel that Arteta needs another midfield enforcer, reports from December suggest that Danilo is no longer on Arsenal’s radar, as the league leaders prioritise a transfer for winger Mykhaylo Mudryk.
And now it seems that one of their Premier League rivals has swooped in instead, with the Daily Mail reporting that Forest are very close to signing Danilo for £18million.
Though Monaco are attempting to hijack the transfer, Steve Cooper’s side look set to get the deal done, and make Danilo their 24th signing of the season.
Despite his tender age, Danilo is already a huge part of Palmeiras’ side, playing 53 games last year and winning back-to-back Copa Libertadores with the Brazil team in 2020 and 2021.
Cooper will be hoping he can add some much needed midfield grit to his side who are currently a respectable 15th in the table, just two points above the relegation zone.
Arsenal meanwhile are still working to get the Mudryk deal done but Shakhtar Donetsk have already turned down two bids as they hold out for £85m for the Ukraine international.
The Gunners are currently five points clear of Manchester City in the title race as they prepare to travel to arch-rivals Tottenham for Sunday’s North London derby.
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