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Manchester City announce Danilo


The former Real Madrid full-back is Guardiola’s fifth signing.

Shortly after signing Kyle Walker and Ederson, Manchester City have now announced the arrival of Real Madrid defender Danilo for a fee of £26.5 million.

The 26-year-old has joined the Citizens on a five-year contract and will travel immediately to the United States in order to link up with Pep Guardiola’s squad. City are also expected to finalise a deal about another full-back – Benjamin Mendy from Ligue 1 champions Monaco.

The Sky-Blues’ latest signing made his first statement for City’s official website:

“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” Danilo told City’s official website.

“There has been strong interest from other clubs, but it has always been my ambition to play for Pep Guardiola. As soon as I heard of his interest, I knew immediately I wanted to be a City player.

“I can’t wait to get started and I’m looking forward to getting to know my new team-mates over the coming weeks.”

Manchester City director of football Txiki Begiristain also added:

“Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility to our squad. He can operate in several different roles in both defence and midfield, increasing Pep’s options ahead of the new season.

“We feel he has all the attributes needed to succeed at City and we look forward to helping him develop during his time here.”