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Arsenal targeting £18m midfield deadline day swoop

The Gunners have an injury crisis in midfield

Mikel Arteta and Arsenal are targeting a deadline day swoop for Brazilian midfielder Danilo, with the Gunners valuing the midfielder at around £18m, according to reports.

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The current Premier League leaders have suffered a double injury blow, with Mohamed Elneny expected to be out for a significant period of time after picking up a hamstring injury in their most recent win over Fulham, joining Thomas Partey (thigh) on the sidelines.

It has led to Mikel Arteta’s side changing their transfer focus, with the north London outfit now expected to try to add a midfielder to their ranks before Thursday’s transfer deadline.

And, as per multiple reports, Palmeiras midfielder Danilo is the man that they have identified to be that addition, with talks having been opened with the Brazilian club over a potential move. Arsenal are thought to value him at £18m, though no offer has yet gone in.

Danilo has been a long term target for Arsenal, with the young midfielder having been linked with a move back in January, though nothing materialised.

Tielemans to stay put?

Another long-term target for Arsenal has been Youri Tielemans, and it is now believed that Leicester City have dropped their valuation of the Belgian with hopes of getting a fee rather than losing the midfielder on a free next summer.

According to Sky Sports, the Foxes are now looking for a deal worth around £25m for the 25-year-old, with both the Gunners and Newcastle United interested. This is the fee that Arsenal were reportedly willing to pay in May, but it is unclear whether injuries have seen their priorities change in the months since.

As a result, Tielemans could stay put, barring a late charge from the Gunners.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

Football writer and analyst. Long-time writer of all things Arsenal and avid watcher of European football. Happy to discuss all things football over on Twitter.

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