A new name has appeared today on the Manchester City rumour mill and that is Portugal midfielder Danilo Pereira of FC Porto, who both A Bola and O Jogo are claiming Pep Guardiola has an interest in.
The 25-year-old defensive midfielder has won 22 caps for Portugal since being called up in 2015 and is a key player in the FC Porto team, with his form alerting scouts across Europe.
In addition to City, French giants PSG also have Danilo on their radar and have been considering him or Monaco midfielder Fabinho to reinforce their midfield.
Porto’s stance is clear: They do not want to sell the Guinea Bissau-born player this summer and the only way he would go is if a club were to trigger his €60million (£55.3million) release clause. PSG would be willing to offer €45million plus incoming Brazilian teen Wendel on loan, but even that isn’t enough for Porto.
City are planning ahead and their interest is not in signing Danilo now, but for the 2018-19 season, with O Jogo stating that initial negotiations may have already begun. Pep Guardiola’s chances of signing the player will increase if PSG fail to land him in the current transfer window.
A holding midfielder will soon be a must for City, with Yaya Touré now 34 and Fernandinho 32. And although both remain good players, they will not last forever and it seems that Danilo Pereira could be a leading candidate to replace either or both of them in a year’s time.
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