Manchester City sign Real Madrid defender Danilo for £26.5m

Manchester City went on dry season last year leaving Pep Guardiola bothered and it was also the first time he failed to win a major accolade in his managerial career in his first year after tasting success with likes of Barcelona and Bayern Munich.

They went a full kitchen sink in this transfer window and the buck did not stop here, after fortifying the frontline and midfield City have now shifted their focus to the backline and they have brought in some great talents across Europe preferably for their right and left back positions which was previously marred by aging players who were on their way out this summer.

Before the pre season derby against United Pep reiterated on his urge to bring youth players this summer and said : “They are young players, with the next three, four, five years in mind,” the Spaniard added.

“We have options for players coming but until the deal is done, out of respect for the other clubs, I cannot say anything.”

Kyle Walker was a remarkable signing for them after Tottenham decided to let go of the England International for a reported 46 million and tipped ex-City trainee Trippier to fill in his boots. Walker could well enhance the type of football Guardiola likes to play and give City that attacking impetus consistently.

City have also roped in the services of Brazilian defender Danilo from Real Madrid for a reported 26 million. He played 24 games for the Spanish champions Real Madrid last season and is brought after Alexander Kolarov left for Roma but will face a stern test against Walker for minutes at that position. After signing he was very happy and said : “I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told City’s website (mancity.com).

“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.”

Another one incoming is Monaco left back Benjamin Mendy who joined Monaco last year from Marseille and is now set to move to Manchester in the coming days. He was an asset to the French champions last season and would be the third candidate out after Bernardo Silva and Tiemoue Bakayoko left Monaco this summer. His fee would eclipse the initial £45m paid by City for right-back Kyle Walker earlier this month and the £47.5m deal for centre-back John Stones last summer.

 

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