Dean Jones insists Arsenal have a ‘high chance’ to sign key midfield target Danilo from Palmeiras in January.

According to Give Me Sport via Dean Jones, Arsenal have a ‘high chance’ of signing Danilo in January. The Palmeiras star is a key midfield target for the Gunners in the next window as Mikel Arteta looks at options to shore up his squad.

Arsenal are eager to bring key players in the January window to strengthen their existing squad. Mikel Arteta has steered the Gunners to the top spot in the Premier League and will remain keen to hold on to the five-point lead over Man City.

On paper, Arsenal’s current squad is not up to scratch to mount a concerted title challenge against Man City, who have a considerably deeper team. The main problem for the Gunners is the lack of quality in depth, particularly in midfield and wide attacking areas.

Sporting director Edu Gaspar wants to sign Mykhaylo Mudryk and strengthen Arsenal’s attacking options. The Brazilian executive is also working on a deal to bring Palmeiras’ star and key midfield target Danilo to the Emirates in the next window.

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Arsenal have chased the 21-year-old since last January but reportedly made a concrete offer worth £22 million late in the summer window. Palmeiras, for their part, wanted the player to help them with the Copa Libertadores campaign, which could allow them to do business in January.

According to journalist Jorge Nicola, Arsenal are preparing another offer similar to the one made in the summer. This time, the Gunners are hopeful of signing the player, considering they have discussed it with Palmeiras at length. Journalist Dean Jones believes a deal could materialise in January, suggesting the Gunners have a ‘high chance’ of signing Danilo.

Jones said, “I think identifying the central midfielder is something that is interesting, and they’re looking at right now.

“Danilo’s definitely one they are making ground on; I think there is a high chance that they try and get that one pushed through.”

If Arsenal sign Danilo, the 21-year-old is not expected to come straight into the starting lineup. Arteta will take considerable time to develop the youngster and allow breathing space for the player to adapt to English football.

The manager will be hopeful that Danilo will cover for Thomas Partey when needed, as the holding midfield area is where Arsenal lacks players.

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