West Ham could now face hopeless task as with a high profile journalist claiming that Arsenal can seal the signing of Danilo with a £22 million bid.
Brazilian journalist Jorge Nicola has claimed that should Arsenal match the €25 million that they offered in the summer, they could be successful in January.
Palmeiras have now allegedly accepted that Danilo will be off.
However, with Gunners manager Mikel Arteta trying to bring the Brazilian ace to the Emirates instead, it might well be a hopeless task for the Hammers…
Arsenal line up Danilo signing
Jorge Nicola has claimed that the Gunners may well be able to get their hands on the talented South American youngster, IF they make a £22 million for his services.
Losing out on the Palmeiras ace to Arsenal would be a big blow to stomach for West Ham, such is his quality.
Danilo is a defensive midfielder by trade but he can also operate as a box-to-box player or even as an attacking mifdfielder.
The Brazilian is a tenacious tackler, has plenty of energy and has impressive physical attributes.
His playing style is quintessentially South American in the sense that he is dogged and always takes to the field with a never-say-die attitude.
Danilo also bagged four goals and three assists in 47 games last season (Transfermarkt) – not bad numbers for a supposed defensive midfielder.
The 21-year-old Brazilian is a superb young midfielder. The big problem initially for Arsenal and West Ham was his £85 million release clause (R7).
There is obviously no way that either club would be spending that much on a South American player who is totally unproven in Europe.
The good news is that he’s allegedly now available for £22 million.
The bad news is that Arsenal are much better positioned than us to sign him. Not only are they absolutely flying at the top of the Premier League at the moment but they also have Edu, and his Brazilian links may well put the Gunners in the driving seat.
If Arsenal complete the signing of Danilo in the January transfer window it will very much be their gain and West Ham’s loss.