The Brazilian joins the Citizens on a five-year deal, for a fee rumoured to be in the range of £26.5m. The skillful defender, who can play as both right-back and left-back, becomes Pep Guardiola’s fourth major signing of the summer.
Upon the completion of the transfer, Danilo told the club’s official website: “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.”
City’s Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, also had his say on the club’s latest signing, by stating: “Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad. He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.
“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”
Danilo’s transfer takes Manchester City’s overall summer spending to almost £150m, following the signings of Ederson Moraes from Benfica for £35m, Bernardo Silva from AS Monaco for £43m, and Kyle Walker from Spurs for £45m.
Written by Kunal Kambli
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