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Inter Milan could have sights set on City’s Danilo

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Reports suggest Manchester City defender likes the idea of a move to Italy.

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Danilo of Brazil in action during the 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia group E match between Brazil and Switzerland at Rostov Arena on June 17, 2018 in Rostov-on-Don, Russia.
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One of the most current talked about players linked to Inter Milan is Manchester City defender Danilo.

Danilo Luiz de Silva, a Brazilian-born defender, has played sparingly this season for Pep Guardiola and is looking for a way to earn more playing time.

According to Inside Futbol, the Nerazzurri have already held advanced talks with Manchester City over signing Danilo, and the former international has green-lighted a move to the Giuseppe Meazza.

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Danilo of Real Madrid scores his team’s 2nd goal during the La Liga match between Real Madrid CF and CA Osasuna at Estadio Santiago Bernabeu on September 10, 2016 in Madrid, Spain.
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The sticking point – as it is with most transfer moves – is the fee. Transfermarkt has his market value set at €22.8 million, but Inter isn’t willing to go any higher than €18 million.

Now, La Liga outfit Valencia have opened an interest in the player and could offer upwards of €24 million, according to Tutto Mercato.

However, despite the interest, Danilo has said he prefers a move to Italy and is willing to take a pay cut to do it.

Currently, he is making around €4.5 million per season and Inter are offering a contract of around €3.5 million per season.

Talks with Danilo’s representation are slated for Thursday to get a deal on the table and advanced before a team like Valencia could swoop in.

Since 2011, Danilo made 22 appearances for the Brazil national team. He did play during Brazil’s run in the 2018 World Cup in Russia.

This season, he has made 20 appearances for Manchester City, scoring a goal in the Premier League and notching an assist during the FA Cup.

Danilo started his career in the youth system at America-MG in Brazil before transferring to Santos FC in 2010. After a year there, he was sent to FC Porto in 2011 and promptly loaned back to Santos.

After four years in Portugal, Danilo was transferred to Real Madrid for €35.9 million in 2015. He was finally sent to Manchester City in 2017 for €34.2 million.

If Inter were to part ways with Joao Miranda – as is expected – and not recoup Sime Vrsaljko or Cedric Soares, Danilo could be a nice addition to the backline.

He still has a lot of playing time left and could prove to fit in nicely on the right side, which is where he is the strongest.

His current lack of playing time is more likely attributed to the fact that he plays behind Kyle Walker on the right.


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