But now, it seems like the Citizens have defeated the reigning English Champions in this transfer race, and an official confirmation of this transfer is expected soon.
As per The Guardian, City have successfully negotiated with Real Madrid for the transfer of the defender, who is set to join the Etihad outfit for a fee of €30m (£26.5m), with a potential €5m in add-ons.
The Brazilian’s imminent switch to the Blue half of Manchester means that Pep Guardiola has spent a combined total of £76.5m on right-backs this summer alone, including Kyle Walker’s £50m transfer from Tottenham Hotspur.
These two full-backs are set to fill in for the likes of Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta, and Bacary Sagna, who were released by the Spanish tactician at the end of the previous campaign.
Danilo is expected to be unveiled as Manchester City’s fourth high profile signing of the summer, as he follows the footsteps of Bernardo Silva from Monaco, Ederson from Benfica, and Walker from Spurs.
Written by Kunal Kambli
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