Manchester City confirm fifth summer signing as right back Danilo joins from Real Madrid in £27m deal


Manchester City have completed a £27million deal for Real Madrid's Danilo, with the Brazil right back claiming it has always been his ambition to work under manager Pep Guardiola.
The 26-year-old has signed a five-year deal at the Etihad Stadium and will now join his new new team-mates on the club's pre-season tour of America.


It means City have spent £133m on three full backs this month and £221.7m so far this summer in total as Guardiola looks to overhaul his squad.

The deal for Danilo, who can play on the left as well as competing with new £54m signing Kyle Walker on the right, is expected to be followed by the arrival of Benjamin Mendy after Monaco accepted a £52m bid.




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 team-mates over the coming weeks.

'It's a big day and a pleasure to be part of this team. I hope to meet the expectations, I'm really looking forward to the challenge. I would love to win the Champions League with Manchester City.'
City's Director of Football, Txiki Begiristain, says he is delighted to have landed the Brazilian. 'Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad,' he said.

'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, who alongside Neymar and Alex Sandro was part of the Santos team that won the Brazilian title and the Copa Libertadores in 2011, joined Real Madrid from Porto for £28m in 2015.
He made 55 appearances for the Spanish giants, winning one La Liga title, two Champions Leagues, a UEFA Super Cup and a FIFA Club World Cup.

Having allowed Bacary Sagna, Gael Clichy and Pablo Zabaleta to leave - and with Aleksandar Kolarov set to join Roma - Guardiola wanted some adventurous full backs to fit in with his philosophy at the club.

City have already signed £35m goalkeeper Ederson, Walker and Silva and, after deals for the two new defenders are completed this week, they can concentrate on finding clubs for Kelechi Iheanacho and Wilfried Bony.


Both forwards were left out of the club's tour of America, with Swansea interested in Bony, who recently turned down a move to China. City will bank £5.25m from Kolarov's return to Italy with Roma.