Portuguese media outlet Ojogo reports that Arsenal scouts were in Portugal this week, watching Sporting in action against Rio Ave.
Arsene Wenger sent a representative to the Estadio do Dragao to watch long-term target Danilo, who put in another masterful display for his team.
The 26-year-old Portugal international was praised for his box-to-box efforts and was underlined as a top performer for his side despite missing a sitter.
Danilo has thus continued a great run of form and once again has the north London outfit on alert over a possible move. Arsene Wenger is keen to solve the long-standing midfield issue and has identified Danilo and Sporting’s William Carvalho as alternatives for each other.
Porto star is a more expensive option of the two given that he has a €60 million release clause and Arsenal face a big dilemma ahead of the winter transfer window.
The Gunners recently appointed former Borussia Dortmund talent tracker Sven Mislentat who could propose a number of different alternatives for the midfield position. He’s already prepared a shortlist of players that includes Wolfsburg’s Ohis Felix Uduokhai and Mainz’s Abodou Diallo.
Danilo is a more-established option than Bundesliga pair and could prove to be a top-class difference-making presence at the centre of the park for Arsenal.
The Portuguese international has been with Porto since 2015 and has thus far racked up 71 league appearances with 11 goals on his tally.