Pep Guardiola closing in on £27million move as star prepares to head across LA to meet Citizens chiefs
REAL MADRID boss Zinedine Zidane has confirmed Danilo has left his side’s camp in Los Angeles to go finalise a move to Manchester City.
The Citizens have agreed a fee of £27million with the La Liga giants for the Brazilian right-back.
Danilo will now head across LA to undergo a medical before penning a five-year contract.
Zidane was asked by media this evening about Danilo’s departure, and replied: “He has gone now. Danilo is going away. He is no longer training with us.”
SunSport revealed earlier how the defender’s agent had arrived in the States to put the finishing touches to the move.
Both Madrid and City are currently in LA as they prepare to face each other in the City of Angels on July 26.
And Pep Guardiola will be hoping to have the Samba Boy international in his squad for the International Champions Cup clash.
Guardiola has beaten Premier League rivals Chelsea for the defender, even though he splashed out to sign Kyle Walker from Tottenham last week.
SunSport revealed on Wednesday that he had turned his attention to the 26-year-old after missing out on Dani Alves to PSG.
An Etihad source said: “After what happened with Alves, the club have had to move on to other targets.
“Danilo is one of the names in the frame. Pep is a fan of him, and he isn’t an expensive option.
“Madrid are keen on Otamendi, so are pushing their man towards the Etihad, despite Chelsea’s firm interest.
“Danilo likes the idea of working under Pep, with plenty of game time being promised.”
Danilo offers an option on either flank, with his versatility and positional awareness hugely important to Guardiola.
City are currently in US participating in the International Champions Cup.
They lost 2-0 to neighbours Manchester United in Houston on Friday in their first match of the tournament.
Danilo factfile – The Brazilian international Pep Guardiola is desperate to sign
- Born in Bicas, Brazil, in 1991
- He played in the Brazilian league between 2009-11 with America-MG and later Santos
- Won his first Brazil cap in September 2011 after shining for Santos
- In 2012, moved to Portuguese giants Porto, where he went on to play 91 times in three seasons
- Won two Primeira Ligas and the Portuguese Community Shield during while at the Estadio do Dragao
- Signed for Real Madrid in a £28million transfer in 2015
- In two years at the Bernabeu, won La Liga, two Champions Leagues, the Uefa Super Cup and the Fifa Club World Cup
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