Juventus eye Real Madrid's Danilo as replacement for Dani Alves
Juventus have eyed Real Madrid right-back Danilo as a replacement for Dani Alves, who is set to be released from his contract ahead of a likely departure for Manchester City, according to reports in both Italy and Spain.
According to Sky Italia, coach Max Allegri and sporting director Fabio Paratici recently identified the 25-year-old as their top choice to replace Alves and will present a €15 million offer, plus add-ons, to Real Madrid for his services.
Meanwhile, Spanish newspaper AS reports that Real may be willing to sell Danilo for €20m, with the hope that potential interest from Chelsea may drive that fee higher.
The defender, who has made 16 appearances for Brazil, was purchased from FC Porto in July 2015 for €31.5m. He has made 56 appearances in all competitions for Real but has struggled to live up to expectations.
ESPN FC Real Madrid correspondent Dermot Corrigan's take: Danilo has been regularly whistled at the Bernabeu and has been suffering from low confidence, especially around the time he scored an own goal against Sevilla in the Copa del Rey in January and then refused to shake coach Zinedine Zidane's hand when being substituted in a game a week later.
A parting of the ways at this point could suit everybody, but Madrid will struggle to get close to the €31.5m they paid to Porto in 2015. Chelsea's interest might make some sense as he would be better suited to a wing-back role in Antonio Conte's 3-5-2 system and they could be looking to upgrade on Victor Moses.
ESPN FC Italy correspondent Ben Gladwell's take: Danilo and Alves are both players who like to attack down the flanks -- and this is where Danilo is also similar to Alex Sandro, who occupies that role on the Juventus left and who played with him both at Santos and Porto.
In the 3-5-2 regularly used by Juve, that makes Danilo the ideal figure on the right -- even when Allegri plays a 4-2-3-1, as he did for much of last season, in which he still expects his full-backs to assist the forwards.
Danilo, who moved to Porto together with Sandro in 2010, was already on Juve's wishlist before he joined Real in 2015. The Bianconeri are now tempting Real to sell for half of that, hoping that the player -- who has found his opportunities limited behind Dani Carvajal -- pushes for the transfer to go through.
With Stephan Lichtsteiner also set to leave this summer, possibly to Nice, Juve are in the market for a new right full-back. Danilo ticks most of the boxes.
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