Di Marzio: A call from Guardiola will begin a Man City vs. Chelsea duel for right-back

Manchester City’s interest in Real Madrid right-back Danilo has been confirmed by one of Europe’s top transfer sources, Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia – but it is Chelsea who lead the race for the 26-year-old Brazilian international.

Duncan Castles revealed at length in The Sunday Times that City have made an approach for Danilo, with Pep Guardiola chasing four new full-backs this summer. So far, he has one in, right-back Kyle Walker, and a successful pursuit of Danilo would see he and Walker compete and rotate for a spot on the right of Man City’s defence.

However, it is Antonio Conte’s Chelsea who have made the only official offer for Danilo, Di Marzio claims, something that has also been reported by sources in Spain and Brazil. Conte has wanted to reunite former FC Porto full-backs Danilo and Alex Sandro at Stamford Bridge, but Chelsea’s pursuit of Alex Sandro has been difficult and at risk of ending in failure.

Danilo, who is expected to fetch a minimum of €25million (£21.9million), is an attainable signing for either of the Premier League giants in this transfer window. City are “interested” in him, but have yet to follow that up with anything formal. But should Pep Guardiola pick up the phone, then a duel between two Premier League heavyweights will begin off the pitch.

Danilo made 24 appearances in total for the Real Madrid side that won both La Liga and the Champions League last season, taking advantage of Dani Carvajal’s injury problems to get a run in the side after struggling at the Bernabéu previously.

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