This summer, Manchester City have been one of the quieter clubs in the transfer market having only signed Riyad Mahrez and French youngster Claudio Gomes.
On top of Mahrez and Gomes, manager Pep Guardiola had hoped to bring in a new senior midfielder after marking out the centre of the park as an area of Manchester City’s squad that needs strengthening.
Primary target for the position Jorginho, though, decided against a move to the Etihad and joined Premier League rivals Chelsea instead.
Missing out on Jorginho would have come as a huge blow to Guardiola, especially considering the fact that the Brazilian-born Italy international ended up at a potential title rival.
However, failing to sign Jorginho and Manchester City’s lack of transfer activity in general will not disappoint everyone at the Etihad.
£18m-rated (via Transfermarkt) Danilo, for example, is a player who may have a more prominent role in the Citizen’s squad for the upcoming season now that the arrival of a new midfielder looks unlikely.
Guardiola has already spoken of the possibility of Fabian Delph playing in defensive midfield in the absence of Fernandinho (via ESPN), giving Danilo the opportunity to compete with Benjamin Mendy for the left-back spot.
Delph spent the majority of Manchester City’s title-winning campaign deputising in the position with Mendy sidelined, but Guardiola’s plans to use the England international in midfield could now see Danilo rack up appearances as a left-back.
The Brazil international, who is a natural right-back, played there at times last term and his overall versatility is something Guardiola may lean heavily towards once the Premier League restarts.
Should Manchester City not sign a new midfielder or left-back before the transfer window closes next month, then Danilo could be a short-term fix to whatever issues remain with the squad.