Barcelona, a La Liga powerhouse, is allegedly hatching a plan to acquire Danilo, a 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder now playing for Palmeiras
It has been reported by the Spanish publication Estadio Deportivo that Barcelona would try to recruit Danilo via some kind of backdoor deal. Catalan powerhouses are keen on acquiring the help of Real Betis in order to sign the 21-year-old Palmeiras midfielder. Similar to the plan that brought Emerson Royal to Spain from Atletico Mineiro, this one will see Emerson Royal move countries.
Danilo, a midfielder with Palmeiras, is one of Brazil’s most promising up-and-comers. After almost five years at Palmeiras, the youthful player has become an integral part of the team. He broke into the major leagues with Palmeiras in September of 2020, when he was just 19 years old. He is currently an essential cog in the club’s wheel.
With Palmeiras, the 21-year-old has appeared in 141 games, contributing 12 goals and nine assists. After receiving his first call-up to the Brazilian national team this year, Danilo is on the verge of making his debut. Several top teams, including Barcelona, have taken notice of the teenager due to his impressive development.
If Barcelona decides to part ways with Sergio Busquets in the next transfer window, they will look for a long-term replacement. Numerous sources have reported that Busquets will voluntarily leave Barcelona. The Catalan club has been scouting several midfielders in anticipation of a potential summer transfer.
Danilo, at age 21, is one such prospect for Barcelona. He is worth pursuing in the long run. However, the Blaugrana cannot afford the Brazilian midfielder in light of their ongoing financial crisis. Although Barcelona has acquired several players in incredible deals, the club lacks the resources to seek the best players this season.
As a result, Barcelona will try to strike a complicated arrangement with Real Betis. Such a plan will have a framework similar to the package that brought Emerson Royal to Spain a few years ago. Danilo will most likely play with Real Betis for two seasons before signing with Barcelona.
Will Danilo move to the Camp Nou?
To get Emerson, Barcelona and Real Betis had split the transfer price in half. Even more, money came to Real Betis in 2021, when Tottenham paid the Brazilian’s transfer fee. The transfer is not finalized, but Arsenal is interested in the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder.
The 21-year-old has impressed the Premier League’s top team with his play for Palmeiras, leading to rumours that he would soon be joining Arsenal. With 12 goals and nine assists in 141 games, Danilo has become an integral part of the Palmeiras squad.
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This defensive midfielder earned his first league championship in 2022. He has since won two Copa Libertadores, one Brazilian Cup, and one Recopa Sudamericana with the club. There were rumours that Arsenal had an offer rejected for Danilo during the summer and has since given up on signing him.
However, the Gunners are keeping an eye on his status as they attempt to bolster their midfield options, according to a recent report. However, Barcelona is also said to be interested in signing Danilo. So Arsenal may have some competition for his signature.
The Catalan giants reportedly see the Brazilian as a possible successor for Sergio Busquets, as reported by Estadio Deportivo. Busquets is presently weighing his options as the end of the season approaches and his current contract is up, with talk of a possible transfer to the Major League Soccer.
Danilo’s current deal doesn’t expire until December 2026. So he’d fetch a hefty transfer price, which may be a problem for Barcelona. The Catalans are considering developing a joint ownership arrangement with fellow La Liga side Real Betis as a consequence.
After making 79 appearances for Los Verdiblancos, Barcelona exercised their option to acquire Emerson outright in 2021. They promptly sold him to Spurs. But whether Betis would be willing to engage in another co-ownership pact with Barcelona is still unknown.