It turns out that both of Manchester City’s new right-backs were wanted by Premier League champions Chelsea this summer, but they failed with both pursuits.
Danilo revealed yesterday that he rejected both Chelsea and a Real Madrid stay to work with Pep Guardiola at City.
“It wasn’t a difficult decision to choose City over Chelsea,” he said.
“The moment City called me and Pep called me, I knew what I had to do. Pep’s words motivated me to be ready for this.”
And now it turns out that Kyle Walker was also in Chelsea’s sights, with Antonio Conte’s side holding preliminary talks with Tottenham about a deal for the England player, before Manchester City eventually landed him in a deal worth £50million.
“Honestly, I think now every single player is expensive. If you want Walker, you know that Walker is expensive. We tried to buy Walker,” Conte revealed in Singapore.
“For you to even enquire about one player, he is expensive. You go to buy a right-back, a left-back or a central defender and he is expensive. It is very difficult in the transfer market for the teams that need to improve their squads.”
It is perhaps a sign of Pep Guardiola’s appeal that two players on Chelsea’s radar have landed at the Etihad, despite City finishing a massive 15 points behind Chelsea next season. Walker and Danilo are welcome reinforcements for a position vacated by veterans Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna, both of whom left the club this summer.