Manchester City sign Danilo from Real Madrid and prepare to take summer spending past £200m

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Danilo can play at full-back and in midfield (Source: Getty)

Manchester City are poised to take their summer spending past £200m after completing the signing of versatile Brazil international Danilo from Real Madrid for a fee of around £27m.

The 26-year-old, who had also been tracked by Chelsea, is City’s latest full-back arrival, following the English record £50m acquisition of Kyle Walker from Tottenham.

Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy is due to follow imminently after City finally agreed a £52m fee that will make him the most expensive defender in world football.

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Pep Guardiola has already lavished almost £90m on Mendy’s former team-mate Bernardo Silva and Benfica goalkeeper Ederson Moraes, meaning Mendy’s signing will take City’s close-season investment beyond £200m.

Danilo, who won the Champions League in both of his seasons at Real, said the opportunity to play under City manager Pep Guardiola had enticed him to the Etihad Stadium.

“I am very, very happy to be joining Manchester City,” said the former Porto and Santos player, who can also operate in midfield.

“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.”

Danilo has signed a five-year contract and joined the City squad on their pre-season trip to the United States, although he may not play in Wednesday’s friendly with Real Madrid as he is waiting on a work permit.

“Danilo is a fine player who offers great versatility,” said City director of football Txiki Begiristain.

“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.”

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