Arsenal set to hijack Forest transfer for £17m Danilo

Arsenal could sign Brazilian midfielder Danilo for as little as £17.6million if they reignite their interest in the player, according to reports. Nottingham Forest are hoping to secure a deal for the 21-year-old in the coming days but a transfer has not been finalised yet.

Arsenal’s interest in Danilo emerged last summer. Palmeiras were not willing to sell the player during their domestic season.

Danilo remained with the Brazilian outfit and helped them win the top flight. The Gunners continued to be linked with the defence-minded midfielder in the months that followed.

But they have cooled their interest in him in recent weeks as they focus their attempts on signing Shakhtar Donetsk winger Mykhaylo Mudryk. Danilo looks set to get his move to England, with Forest closing in on the player.

However, the price could be something that pricks up the ears of the Arsenal hierarchy. Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano says Forest held talks with Palmeiras through the night on Tuesday in order to secure an agreement.

Monaco are also keen but it appears Forest are set to win the race. Romano says the final fee is set to be around just £17.6m (€20m).

It was reported last summer that Palmeiras were not willing to listen to offers less than £30m. But with reduction the Gunners look set to relaunch interest.

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