Newcastle United have reportedly ‘come forward’ to try and sign Palmeiras defensive midfielder Danilo.
The Lowdown: Quiet window so far
It has been a quiet transfer window for Newcastle so far, but that is not to say that they won’t try and strengthen between now and the end of January.
They have recently been linked with moves for the likes of Leicester City’s James Maddison, Brighton and Hove Albion’s Leandro Trossard and Fiorentina’s Arthur Cabral, so perhaps Eddie Howe and the Magpies’ owners have something in the pipeline if they feel they need to add to the squad.
The Latest: Danilo interest
As per Italian news outlet Calciomercato, Newcastle are among a number of clubs in the Premier League to have ‘come forward’ for Danilo, with Aston Villa, Bournemouth, Brighton, Leeds United, Wolves, West Ham United and Nottingham Forest also thought to be interested in his signature.
Outside of the English top flight, AS Monaco, Benfica and Marseille are also in the race for the Brazilian, who could leave Palmeiras for around €20m (£17.7m) plus bonuses.
The Verdict: Shrewd prospective addition
Danilo would no doubt be a shrewd addition by Newcastle at under £20m. He has already played 141 times for Palmeiras by the age of just 21, scoring 12 goals and supplying nine assists (Transfermarkt), and looks to be another big talent coming out of Brazilian football.
Football Talent Scout Jacek Kulig has noted some of his strengths as being ‘fast & athletic’, a ‘tireless runner’, ‘technically gifted’ and a ‘tenacious tackler’ with ‘superb long passing ability’, all of the qualities needed to succeed as a midfielder in the Premier League.
Incidentally, Danilo shares the same agent as Bruno Guimaraes, which could help to push through a move in the Magpies’ favour.