Manchester City have been handed a major blow with PSG successfully hijacking what had seemed to be a done deal for Dani Alves, with the Brazilian set to be announced as the French club’s latest signing tomorrow.
Meanwhile, talks for City’s other right-back target, Kyle Walker, are reportedly at a stalemate over Tottenham’s £50million asking price. The plan had been to sign both Walker and Alves and rotate them over the season, having allowed Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna to leave on free transfers this summer.
If City still want two full-backs after missing out on Alves, they now have to look elsewhere. And Italian news portal TMW claims to have the identity of City’s back-up plan, running an exclusive story this afternoon that Pep Guardiola is ready to battle Antonio Conte’s Chelsea for Real Madrid full-back Danilo.
Juventus had been keen on signing Danilo but have instead opted to use their one remaining non-EU spot on Douglas Costa, who is on the cusp of joining them from Bayern Munich on loan with the option to buy.
Earlier today, Spanish newspaper Marca reported that Chelsea had reached an agreement with Real Madrid for Danilo, but TMW now reckons City are now in the race for the 25-year-old.
Madrid are demanding a €30million (£26.7million) fee for Danilo, a player considered a disappointment since he joined the Spanish giants from FC Porto, but who showed signs of improvement later last season, featuring regularly in April and May.
One thing is for sure, City need to act fast now with a shortage of natural full-backs, left and right, on the books as the pre-season tour of America draws ever closer…