Manchester City have agreed a deal with Real Madrid to sign Brazil right-back Danilo, who will become City’s second acquisition for that position in a matter of days following the arrival of Kyle Walker.
Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports that it is a ‘done deal’ after talks between the two sides.
— Gianluca Di Marzio (@DiMarzio) July 19, 2017
City have agreed to pay a fee of €30million with €5million to follow in bonuses, so it could total €35million (£31million) if all of the add-ons are reached.
Danilo will sign a five-year contract at the Etihad and is expected to join his new teammates in the US either tomorrow or Friday.
Danilo has been a figure of derision at Real Madrid since joining from FC Porto in 2015 for €31.5million. Rated at a similar quality to former teammate Alex Sandro back then, the Brazilian arrived at the Bernabéu with a good reputation, but struggled to impress and had many poor performances.
Madrid fans noted his improvement last season, as he took advantage of Dani Carvajal’s physical problems by getting a run in the team, and made 24 appearances in total for the Real Madrid side that won both La Liga and the Champions League.
And despite his difficulties in Madrid, Pep Guardiola, Antonio Conte and Max Allegri all saw something with the trio of esteemed managers identifying Danilo as a target this summer. Pep Guardiola has won this particular duel and Danilo will join a growing number of Brazilians at City.