Five destinations for in-demand Porto and Brazil right back Danilo
Since Dani Alves and Maicon flopped at the World Cup, Porto player Danilo has emerged as Brazil’s first-choice right back.
The time seems right for the 24-year-old, who has put contract talks with the Dragons on hold after scoring a crucial penalty in their Champions League last 16 tie with Basel, to make a move to a bigger club.
Porto’s status as 50/1 dark horses to win Europe’s elite club competition for a second time notwithstanding, Coral football experts began to wonder where Danilo could end up? Here are five potential destinations for the Samba Boys defender.
It seems every right back under the sun is being linked with the Red Devils, as Louis van Gaal scours Europe in search of a solution to this problem position.
Danilo should be wary of choosing Old Trafford, though, as compatriots Anderson and Rafael have struggled in England. United would be better off with continuing their best of British approach to filling their full back berths, and that means pursuing other targets.
Alves is out of contract at the Nou Camp, so doing a deal for Danilo would provide Brazilian continuity in Catalonia. Understudies Douglas and Martin Montoya do not seem trusted by Barca boss Luis Enrique, but the only snag is they cannot register a new signing until next winter.
That could actually appeal to Porto, though, who have the potential to sell Danilo in the summer and take him back on loan for half of next season until such time as Barcelona, 9/2 Champions League chances this term, can field him. Samba Boys skipper Neymar also plies his trade for the Catalan giants, which may be a factor.
Although PSG have a buying option on Africa Cup of Nations winner and Ivory Coast right back Serge Aurier, he has not made the step up during his loan spell from Toulouse. Dutch counterpart Gregory van der Wiel could use some stiffer competition at the Parc des Princes.
Who better than Danilo to provide that? He has the European experience the Parisians need in their squad? A number of compatriots are with Laurent Blanc’s boys, namely Lucas Moura and defensive trio Marquinhos, David Luiz and Thiago Silva.
Like bitter northwest rivals United, a natural option for the right wing back berth is a present problem for Reds boss Brendan Rodgers. Danilo would walk into this spot in the Anfield XI at present.
Liverpool would need to secure Champions League football, one way or another, for next term to be in a chance with signing this player. They need someone, as Glen Johnson’s deal is up, and Danilo would line up alongside fellow Brazil internationals Lucas Leiva and Phillipe Coutinho on Merseyside should he make the move.
Current Atleti options Jesus Gamez and Juanfran Torres are ageing, so Diego Simeone could inject some younger blood at right back for the reigning Spanish champions by bringing in Danilo. With the likes of Joao Miranda and Guilherme Siqueira in their defence, a La Liga switch should be tempting for him.