Arsenal are so close to signing one Palmeiras star that the Brazilian outfit have already lined up his replacement.
Coach Abel Ferreira is said to be so resigned to losing 21-year-old midfielder Danilo that he's already lined up Wallace of Udinese to return to Brazil. Arsenal have been linked with Danilo since January of this year but are yet to make a move.
With the Gunners launching a surprise title bid, however, the lack of depth in the squad has been highlighted from lacklustre Europa League performances – and now, new additions are just around the corner.
BOLA VIP (opens in new tab) in Brazil reports that Arsenal are so confident in bringing Danilo to the Emirates Stadium in January that Palmeiras have launched their move for Wallace, who wants a move back to Brazil next year.
Palmeiras are said to be resigned to losing Danilo, who has been a huge hit since coming through the ranks at the club.
This would be just one of several transfers that Arsenal have orchestrated from Brazilian links. Director Edu has been said to be integral to deals such as the Gabriel Jesus transfer, in which he told the forward that he had "lost his spark" at Manchester City and the move for Gabriel Martinelli back in 2019, which brought the youngster to the Gunners from the Brazilian lower leagues.
As well as these two stars, the north Londoners signed starlet Marquinhos over the summer from Brazil. Gabriel, the centre-back who netted against Chelsea, makes up the contingent.
Mikel Arteta has recently said (opens in new tab) that a surge to the top of the table has made the club "rethink" January plans, making a move for another midfielder all the more likely.
Danilo is valued at around €25 million by Transfermarkt (opens in new tab).
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Arsenal have been linked with a move for Juventus midfielder Manuel Locatelli; the Gunners are said to have already made contact with the Italy international's camp. The club are also interested in Evan Ndicka in defence, while N'Golo Kante and Federico Valverde are targets, too.
Meanwhile, one man who could be heading for the Emirates Stadium exit door is Gabriel Martinelli: there's been talk of Chelsea making a shock swoop for the winger.
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