Real Madrid full-back Danilo is set for a move to Chelsea after agreeing personal terms with the English champions, according to Brazilian outlet Globo Esporte.
Danilo’s evaluation appears to be the current stumbling block for the move, with Real Madrid holding out for €30 million (£26 million).
Real Madrid purchased the Brazilian from Porto for €31.5 million in 2015 and want to recoup as much of that fee as they can, while Chelsea will point towards his apparent €20 million (£17.5 million) valuation when a move to Juventus was on the cards.
Though heavily criticised for his defensive abilities last season, Danilo would play a different, and more suited, role in Antonio Conte’s system.
At Chelsea, Danilo would play at right wing-back. With three central defenders to cover, he could move freely into the open spaces ahead of him and at times act as an auxiliary winger, while less defensive responsibilities would fall onto his shoulders.
It’s no stretch of the imagination to think that Danilo could be successful in this role next season; Victor Moses went from a perpetual loanee to starting wing-back in a title-winning team under the watch of Antonio Conte.
Consistent first-term football, which Chelsea should be able to afford him provided he integrates into English football quickly, would also aid the 26-year-old’s hopes of making Brazil’s World Cup squad next year.
Danilo made 17 appearances, all starts, for the Spanish champions in La Liga last season, but turned out just three times for them in their successful defence of the Champions League crown.