Less than a week after their signing of former Tottenham Hotspur right back Kyle Walker became official, Manchester City is reportedly close to adding another option at the position.
According to The Guardian, Manchester City is looking to sign right back Danilo from two-time defending Champions League winners Real Madrid. Per the report, Danilo’s transfer will cost 30 million Euros, which works out to just under $34.6 million, with the potential for another five million Euros ($5.76 million) in add-ons.
Since making the move from Portuguese side Porto in the summer of 2015, Danilo has appeared in 41 matches in all competitions for Real Madrid. With Real Madrid having paid 31.5 million Euros ($36.3 million) for Danilo’s transfer from Porto, the reported fee for a move to the Premier League would be slightly lower. Dani Carvajal was manager Zinedine Zidane’s first choice at right back, as he played in 41 matches in all competitions last season alone, leaving Danilo to serve in a substitute’s role on most nights.
With City having already signed Walker, Danilo would likely be stepping into a similar situation under Pep Guardiola. Manchester City, which finished third in the Premier League and was eliminated from the Champions League in the Round of 16, does need additional depth at the position with right back Bacary Sagna being one of four players released by the club in May.
In addition to Walker, Manchester City has landed winger Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco, which eliminated City from the Champions League, and goalkeeper Ederson from Portuguese side Benfica. It’s also been reported in recent days that Guardiola is looking to bring in Napoli keeper Pepe Reina.