Manchester City set to sign Real Madrid right-back Danilo

Brazilian defender expected to compete with Kyle Walker for place in starting XI

Manchester City are set to sign their second right-back in a week with Real Madrid's Danilo on the verge of following in Kyle Walker's footsteps and joining Pep Guardiola's side. City have reached an agreement with Real to sign the 26-year-old for €30 million with a potential €5m in add-ons.

The signing would mean City have spent €86m on the two right-backs, with Walker costing an initial €56m. Guardiola was always likely to target the full-back positions after releasing Gaël Clichy, Pablo Zabaleta and Bacary Sagna at the end of last season.

Guardiola and City had reached an agreement in principle to sign Dani Alves after he left Juventus but the former Barcelona player opted to join Paris St-Germain. The French club had offered the Brazilian almost twice as much in wages.

Guardiola has added Monaco's attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva (€49m) and the Benfica goalkeeper Ederson (€39m) to his squad and is keen to sign Pepe Reina from Napoli but the Italian club want to keep the former Liverpool No1 and have offered him an improved contract.


Danilo joined Real Madrid from Porto in 2015 and has 15 caps for Brazil, having made his international debut in 2011.

(Guardian service)