Reported Arsenal target Danilo Pereira likes what he sees from Mikel Arteta, and he admits he dreams of playing in the Premier League.

Porto midfielder Danilo Pereira (L) vies with Rangers’ Scott Arfield on November 7, 2019. (Photo by ANDY BUCHANAN/AFP via Getty Images)

The media linked Danilo Pereira with a move to Arsenal last month, and the midfielder certainly isn’t doing anything to play down the speculation.

Speaking to Stats Perform News this week, the 28-year-old had a lot of praise for Arsenal head coach Mikel Arteta. He also suggested he’d like to play in the Premier League and would fit in with the Gunners.

“I think he [Arteta] is doing a really, really, good job there,” Pereira said. “He is a really good coach who started as the second coach at [Manchester] City. So he has a little experience and Arsenal play very good football, and I think he is doing very well there.

“The style I think I can fit there, the way he plays also thinking on the ball, the team always has to be together – I think it is a good way to play.

“Of course, I like to be here in Porto, to be here in my country. But I want to be in a better league like the Premier League. I always dreamed about playing in that league…I think it’s the best league in the world.”

The initial reports from England last month suggested Porto could sell for €20m. ESPN claimed that despite Pereira’s €60m release clause, Porto were suffering financially and could cash in for a lot less. The player’s contract to 2022 also seemingly lowered the price.

Portuguese outlet Jornal de Noticias quickly hit back at this rumour, however. They claimed they couldn’t verify the €20m figure and added that Porto turned down €30m for him last summer.