The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have been delighted with the performances of their signings during the current campaign aside from Danilo who has been far from convincing since his transfer from Real Madrid last summer.
With a footballing education which included spells at both FC Porto and Real Madrid, Danilo arrived at the Etihad Stadium last summer with plenty of expectation despite conflicting reports regarding the extent of his ability. The Brazilian full-back has spent the majority of the season playing second-fiddle to Kyle Walker whilst occasionally filling in at left-back.
Thus far, Danilo’s form has been consistently inconsistent, and plenty of the Citizens faithful are unconvinced by his long-term prospects of succeeding at the club. With that to consider, City would be wise to replace him this summer in order to increase their chances of winning the Champions League next season, and one player they would be wise to pursue is Arsenal’s Hector Bellerin (valued at £36 million by Transfermarkt).
According to recent reports from Sport, Bellerin is likely to follow Arsene Wenger out of the exit door at the Emirates Stadium this summer, with Manchester United, Chelsea and Juventus lining up to sign the Spaniard. However, considering the extent of Bellerin’s enormous potential, City should join the race for his signature this summer.
Even though Bellerin is only 23-years-old, it’s fair to say he has underachieved in his short career so far. The marauding full-back promised to blossom into a fine Premier League footballer when he burst onto the scene more than half a decade ago, but thus far he has failed to improve at the rate which was expected of him.
Under a manager of Guardiola’s expertise, Bellerin would have a fantastic opportunity to finally justify his glowing reputation. The likes of Raheem Sterling and Leroy Sane have flourished under Guardiola’s leadership in the past two seasons, so there’s no reason why Bellerin cannot follow in their footsteps at City.
Bellerin possesses both the technical and physical ability to adapt to Guardiola’s philosophy and become a success with the Citizens. The only issue which may deter Bellerin from making a transfer is the presence of Kyle Walker, but considering City will be fighting for honours in 4 competitions next season, there should be no shortage of first-team opportunities for the former Barcelona academy product.
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