Manchester City are interested in signing FC Porto’s Portugal international midfielder, Danilo Pereira, with reports in August suggesting that they will make their move next summer.
Paris Saint-Germain also had Danilo on their radar but with their priority being mega-deals for Neymar and Kylian Mbappé, did not sign the 26-year-old in the summer.
And the failure of both clubs to move for the central midfielder in the summer has opened the door for other clubs to join the race for one of the Primeira Liga’s most coveted players.
The latest club to show an interest in Danilo is none other than Barcelona, with Mundo Deportivo reporting on Monday that the club’s sporting director Robert Fernández was at the Estadi Nacional in Andorra on Saturday to watch him play as Portugal beat the hosts in a World Cup qualifier.
For a long time, Barça have been in search for a player who could allow Sergio Busquets to rotate out of the team for rest. And having not deemed Sergi Roberto or Ivan Rakitic ideal for that exact role, view Danilo is a natural alternative.
City, Barcelona, PSG and Arsenal all admire Danilo’s profile. He is a midfielder with a good physique who is strong and can win the ball, but also has good technical qualities. Those talents make him ideal for teams who control possession, but want a solid presence in front of the back four (or three), such as City and Barcelona.
There will be no bidding war for Danilo, as Porto have made it clear: pay his €60million (£53.5million) release clause or no deal. For City and PSG, this would seem to be no problem next year, but the question is if Barcelona would be willing to shell out that amount.
Danilo Pereira could be one of the hot topics of next summer’s transfer window, with more and more giants of European football hovering and ready to move for his services.
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