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An Unmitigated Disaster Awaiting At £26.5m? Manchester City Should Avoid Signing This Chelsea Target

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Why Manchester City Should Avoid Signing Real Madrid’s Danilo

Manchester City, after smashing several records in capturing Kyle Walker from Tottenham Hotspur for £50million, are closing in on signing another right-back, Real Madrid’s Danilo. According to the Guardian, the Citizens are in advanced negotiations with the 25-year old who was reportedly close to completing a £31million to Chelsea last week. City are expected to complete a £26.5million deal for the Brazilian.

Danilo joined Real Madrid back in the summer of 2015 for €31.5million, from Portuguese club FC Porto, but has struggled to carve out a place for himself in the first team and has largely played second fiddle to Zinedine Zidane’s first-choice Dani Carvajal.

In his two years at the Santiago Bernabeu, the Brazilian international has accumulated 56 appearances, scoring 3 goals and notching up 9 assists in the process. Danilo has won a La Liga title and two Champions League trophies with the club – although he did not have a lot to do in those triumphs. Last season, Danilo made 25 appearances in all competitions, scoring a solitary goal and setting up 3 more.

There are plenty of things to like about the Brazilian as a full-back – he has great pace, is physically strong and possesses loads of energy that allows him to run up and down the flank all day long. Danilo is also a good passer of the ball and can link up well with his teammates, while he has shown that he can cut in and score some eye-catching goals as well (at least during his Porto days) – ticking most of the boxes required of a player needed to succeed in his position.

However, throughout his career in Madrid, one thing that has been held against his him is his tendency to make silly mistakes every now and then, that ends up costing his team. His tactical naivety and his decision making has often been in question. Getting caught of position on numerous occasions, the 25-year old seems to lack the positional sense and the defensive discipline that is needed of a full-back. He is often made the scapegoat by the ever so demanding and aggressive Madrid supporters.

Yes, he has displayed great mental grit and attitude to bounce back from criticism and that is really admirable. His second season fared slightly better than his first, when he was one of the few common denominators in Real Madrid’s worst displays – having played every single minute in each of their losses. But with him on the pitch, there is always a feeling that something may very well go wrong at any moment. He is a player who has shown potential and ability, but one wouldn’t exactly call him trustworthy. And when that is the outlook of a player, it is better not to invest on him.

With Madrid looking to recoup almost everything they paid for him, City will be getting their hands on a player who could turn out to be an unmitigated disaster at £26.5million. They have already signed one of those in Kyle Walker and probably should turn their attention elsewhere.

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