Spanish newspaper Marca claim that Chelsea could look to Real Madrid for reinforcements this summer, with right-back Danilo the latest player to be linked with a move to the Blues. The Brazilian would compete with Victor Moses in what the newspaper reports would be a €35 million (£31.2 million) deal.
Who is he?
The 25-year-old right-back is an accomplished Brazil international who has struggled to convince at Real Madrid. With 15 international caps to his name, Danilo has even replaced the well respected Dani Alves for his national side.
Where has he been?
The Brazilian began his career at America Futebol Clube in their youth system and then worked his way through to the first team, winning the Brazilian third division before leaving the club in 2010 to join Santos. There, he teamed up with Neymar and scored the decisive goal in their Copa Libertadores win in 2011.
In 2012, he moved to Europe to join Porto for €13 million and rapidly developed a reputation as one of the most exciting full-backs in Europe on the opposite flank to Alex Sandro. In 2015, he moved from Portugal to Spain for a huge €31.5 million fee, but has since failed to convince, falling behind Dani Carvajal in the pecking order.
What’s his style of play?
Danilo loves to bomb forward down the wing, but doesn’t shy away from his defensive responsibilities. A right-back with bags of pace who loves to get down the wing whenever possible, he is adept going forward and would even come close to Moses for his defensive contribution. Danilo is quick and intelligent both on and off the ball with his movement and finds it easy to get beyond his opposite number.
The biggest question marks on the 25-year-old surround his defensive capabilities. Prone to sloppy errors, through a lack of concentration and inconsistency, he has at times become a scapegoat for any defensive mistake at the back for Zinedine Zidane’s side.
What would his arrival mean for Chelsea?
Danilo would be an ideal choice to fill in as a wing-back at Stamford Bridge. With more defensive experience than current first choice Victor Moses, he could provide a more solid and reliable option.
His arrival would be far from a bad sign for Moses, but would provide competition. Given his defensive strength, he could become the preferred option when Antonio Conte is looking to avoid conceding.
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