Real Madrid are often in the news for poaching stars from around the world, but in this case, the shoe is firmly on the other foot. Danilo is the right-back that has challenged Dani Alves in La Liga for top spot in the last two seasons.
The Brazilian has eyes only for the World Cup squad in 2018 and he is open to a move away from Los Blancos.
The Premier League has always been the true test of a player’s capability and for Danilo to snub an ageing Dani Alves, who has just completed a move to Paris Saint-Germain.
Chelsea have been prime targets, warding off Serie A champions Juventus. The Brazilian is set at a £31 million fee but the Blues hope to reach an agreement around £28 million. The Italian Chelsea boss has signed centre-half, Antonio Rudiger is recent days and hopes to strength the wings with a feisty player such as Danilo.
Last season scoring a goal against Osasuna in La Liga, showing he can contribute to both the offensive and defensive mission.
Being a double successive winner of the UEFA Champions League with Real Madrid, it is safe to say, Danilo wouldn’t settle for anything less than the Premier League champions.
Although a deal is close between Chelsea and Real Madrid, the Brazilian may prove harder to pry than the Chelsea Board might think. Appearing 55 times since joining Porto in 2015, the 25-year-old had an 86.4% pass success rate and upheld a tenacious physique, winged feet and impressive dribbling capabilities.
The Brazilian international would prefer reassurance of first-team action and wouldn’t want to lock horns with the new defensive giant of Rudiger. Cesar Azpilicueta still looms over the Brazilian if he switches, so he must impress Conte in training and earn his way into the starting XI.