Arsenal are once again expected to try their luck at signing a new midfielder in the January transfer window and are being tipped to revisit a deal for highly-rated Brazilian youngster Danilo. The Gunners submitted a ‘£20million bid’ on deadline day of the summer transfer window but Palmeiras are not willing to listen to any offer below their £30m asking price for the 21-year-old. However, Arsenal could make it third time lucky in their attempts to capture the midfielder, having initially passed up the opportunity in January this year.

Who is Danilo?

Danilo currently plays as a midfielder for Brazilian Serie A side Palmeiras, having first joined the club in 2018 to initially play for the under-17s, before making his first team breakthrough just two years later. Born on April 19, 2001, in Salvador, Brazil, the 21-year-old represented Bahia, Jacuipense and PFC Cajazeiras throughout his youth and made his senior debut for the latter at the age of 17. He joined Palmeiras’ U17s in 2018, before signing a five-year-deal with the club in September 2020.

On the international stage, Danilo is yet to make his senior bow for Brazil but earned his first call-up earlier this year for the friendly games against South Korea, Japan and Argentina back in June. He was then named on the bench for the 1-0 victory over Japan on June 6.

Career so far

At just 21-years-old, Danilo has already racked up a total of 132 games for Palmeiras throughout his career, scoring 12 goals and assisting another 10 since his first team breakthrough in 2020 (via transfermarkt ), while helping the club to win five trophies in that time.

In his first senior campaign, he helped Palmeiras win the Copa do Brasil and the Copa Libertadores in 2020, making 36 appearances, before winning the latter for a consecutive season the following year. He also won the FIFA Club World Cup Bronze Ball in February, which included playing the full 120 minutes as Palmeiras lost 2-1 to Chelsea after extra time in the final.