Manchester City have finalised the signing of Brazilian full-back Danilo from Real Madrid for an initial of £26.5m.
The 26-year-old has put pen to paper on a five-year contract with the Citizens, and he has now joined his new teammates on their pre-season tour of the United States.
Both Chelsea and City were credited with an interest in Danilo earlier this month, but the Citizens managed to gain the advantage after they finalised a transfer fee with the European champions. Danilo had travelled alongside Zinedine Zidane’s side for the International Champions Cup in America, and this enabled him to quickly sort out necessary formalities with his new club.
“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.” he told the club’s official website.
Danilo is capable of plying his trade on either side of the central defenders, and it is this attribute which encouraged Pep Guardiola to sign him. The Citizens have also agreed a fee to recruit Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy, and this could probably push Danilo into a midfield role, which he is quite capable of performing.
The Brazilian becomes the Citizens’ fourth signing of the transfer window after Bernardo Silva, Ederson and Kyle Walker, while taking the club’s overall spending to beyond £150m. Guardiola’s side looked defensively short during the 2-0 defeat to rivals Manchester United in a pre-season friendly, and there is a likeliness that the club could move in for another defender following the impending arrival of Mendy.