Danilo is making his long-awaited jump into El Clásico … with Real Madrid. According to Portuguese outlet A Bola, the Merengues are sending 30 million euros to Porto for the right back, beating out rivals Barcelona for the Brazilian.
Real Madrid was always favorites to land Danilo, in large part because Barcelona isn’t allowed to buy players. That pesky transfer ban has them unable to add any players it summer, which is especially problematic considering its issues in defense and at right back. So with Barcelona sidelined, Real Madrid jumped in and got the 23-year-old, who many considered the best fullback on the market this summer.
Signing Danilo probably marks the end of Alvaro Arbeloa’s time at the Bernabéu. He has been the Merengues‘ first choice right back for some time, but he’s 32 years old, has seen his play dip and only occasionally sees time over Dani Carvajal. Plus, it’s been a while since Real Madrid bought anyone, so it was probably getting bored.
Having to do something and snapping up someone like Danilo is never a bad place to be. After all, you’re talking about a relatively young player with Champions League experience. He has pace and is a good defender for a fullback more known for his attacking. Danilo is also an awesome name, which seems silly, but this is Real Madrid, and silly things matter.
It’s one thing to get a great player and upgrade. But it’s also important to screw over your rival. Real Madrid have done just that. Barcelona hoped to sign players this summer and not register them until January, when their transfer ban was over, and it may very well do that, but it won’t be with Danilo. He’s going to Real Madrid, where you can hear Florentino Pérez and Carlo Ancelloti cackling over the thought of Dani Alves starting for Barcelona again next season.