Arsenal considering transfer swoop for Porto midfielder as Thomas Partey alternative

Gunners interested in Porto’s Danilo Pereira.

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Arsenal have reportedly identified Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira as an alternative to the long-time target Thomas Partey. The Atletico Madrid midfielder sits high on the Gunner’s transfer wishlist, having been valued at around £45m. But Arsenal are looking at the possibility of signing Periera if they fail to land the Gahanian international this summer. Elsewhere, Porto are also looking to let go of Pereira after five long years for a fee above €40m, lesser than of his release clause. It is also added that Arsenal will meet the representatives of the Portuguese star in coming weeks to discuss about the transfer plans.

Mikel Arteta is concerned about the Gunner’s transfer plans as he cites the Champions League qualification would alone aid them in doing good business. The Gunners are yet to ensure the contract extensions of Pierre- Emerick Aubameyang and Bukayo Saka, meaning that coming months are crucial for the North Londoners both on and off the field.

Will Pereira be a better option than Partey?

Pereira has been an integral part of the Portuguese outfit since joining them in 2015. While also making more than 100 appearances for Porto, he has helped them win a lot of silverware over the course. The 25-capped Portuguese international primarily operates as the club’s metronome in the midfield but is nowhere nearer to Thomas Partey in terms of quality. Partey has enjoyed much success in an elite-level league like La Liga where Pereira is restricted to the less-competent leagues throughout his career, thus raising the doubt whether he would be able to plug and play in the English top-flight. 

Arsenal’s midfield has always lacked the spark and been erratic at times over the past few seasons. Arteta’s style of play wants the midfield to be immaculate at all cost, which can’t be possible with the current bunch of players. While the talent and qualities can be seen in general, they need a midfield general of Partey’s stature, who is also an experienced player.

Pereira’s valuation is slightly lesser than of Partey, but will it make a difference after all? Having been awash with talented stars like Dani Ceballos, Guendouzi, the Gunners should have a player like Partey, under whom they can develop into future stars.

The North Londoners have been impressive of late following a shaky start after the pandemic break. While having booked their places in the FA Cup semi-finals, they are also looking to finish inside the top four of the Premier League table.

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