Manchester City have continued an expensive summer overhaul by signing Brazil right-back Danilo from Real Madrid for an initial fee of around £26.9million (€30million).
Our fifth summer signing!
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Danilo has signed a five-year deal with the Blues and his squad number will be announced in due course. He is the second right-back to arrive at the Etihad Stadium in recent days after Kyle Walker, though it is being reported that Pep Guardiola will make use of his versatility by also deploying him as a left-back and holding midfielder.
After Dani Alves reneged on a verbal agreement to join City, the club discreetly worked on a deal for Danilo, seeing off rival interest from Chelsea to land the 26-year-old with Guardiola’s influence reportedly a big factor in the player’s decision.
Juventus had also considered Danilo for their right-back position, but with only one non-EU spot available in their squad, decided to use it on winger Douglas Costa, who joined them from Bayern Munich.
Danilo made 55 appearances in two seasons at Real Madrid following a €31.5million move from FC Porto in 2015. His spell at the Santiago Bernabéu was not considered a success, but he showed improved form last season when Dani Carvajal was injured, allowing him extended run in the Madrid side during April and May as they won both La Liga and the Champions League.
He told the official site: “I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City.
“There has been strong interest from other Clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.
“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new teammates over the coming weeks.”