MANCHESTER City have completed their fourth signing of the summer transfer window by capturing Real Madrid defender Danilo for a fee believed to be £26.5m.
The 26-year-old Brazil international has signed a five-year deal and will join City on their pre-season tour of the United States. Although he may not be able to play until his work permit is confirmed.
Danilo, who can play in both full back roles as well as in midfield, says there was interest from other clubs but he wanted to play under Pep Guardiola.
His arrival takes City’s summer spending to almost £150m, following the signings of England international Kyle Walker (£45m), Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva (£43m) and Brazilian goalkeeper Ederson Moraes (£35m).
All a bit extravagant in my book, but Pep knew he needed to act quickly – and powerfully – to right the wrongs of last season, They are serious title contenders once again.
Former Santos player Danilo joined Real in 2015 from Porto but started just 17 La Liga games last season.
In two years at the Bernabeu, he won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup.
“Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.
“He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.”