Manchester City Winning Race To Sign Danilo

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Pep Guardiola is set to sign his second right-back inside seven days with 26-year-old Danilo joining in a £26.5m deal, reports the GuardianManchester City concluded the deal with Real Madrid quickly and are now turning their attention to the more problematic signing of Bernard Mendy from Monaco.

The Walker deal has seen the French champions increase their asking price to £54m, a price City are so far unwilling to meet.

Agreeing the price with the European champions proved more straightforward. The deal struck will hand another £4.5m to Real if the add-ons are triggered. Chelsea were also keen to sign the 15-times capped Brazilian but City have stolen a march while the Blues were distracted by the signing of Alvaro Morata, 24.

Danilo joined from Real from Porto two years ago for a reported €31.5m fee and since went on to make 55 appearances as part of the successful squads during that time. However, Dani Carvajal remains the preferred choice and the chance to move to another Champions League club is proving too hard to turn down.

City will now turn their attentions to resolving the problems on the left-side of defence, as well as continuing to try to prise Alexis Sanchez from Arsenal’s grasp.