Manchester City are in advanced talks to sign Brazil right-back Danilo from Real Madrid after overcoming competition from Premier League champions Chelsea, Gianluca Di Marzio of Sky Italia reports this evening.
The 26-year-old has been expected to join Chelsea after Juventus, who also wanted the former FC Porto player, decided to use their non-EU spot on Douglas Costa, but Pep Guardiola has suddenly made his presence felt and Di Marzio reports that City ‘seem to have overcome’ competition from Chelsea.
City are now in advanced talks with Danilo, who with new signing Kyle Walker will make up a new look right-back position, with the two likely to rotate and compete for a spot as City aim for four trophies. Danilo is also capable of playing as a left-back, the kind of versatility that Pep Guardiola appreciates.
From Spain, Cadena SER has similar information, claiming both City and Chelsea are willing to pay Danilo a big salary, with Pep Guardiola’s side appearing to have an advantage after the latest talks. Meanwhile, Marca declares Pep Guardiola has convinced Danilo and he is ‘one step away’ from joining City.
It was reported by Duncan Castles in The Sunday Times that Danilo would cost at least €25million (£21.9million), with the London Evening Standard suggesting earlier today that Chelsea were reluctant to meet a £30.8million asking price set by the European champions. Cadena SER claims Real Madrid will consider offers of €30million (£26.6million) to €35million (£31million).
Pep Guardiola has identified City’s full-back areas as a major weakness and it appears that the club are sparing no expense in rebuilding those positions. Walker and Danilo will see to the right-back spot should the Brazilian arrive, while the hope is still that Benjamin Mendy will be the new left-back, with Southampton’s Ryan Bertrand possibly to follow.