Manchester United, specialists in window shopping, have added another name to their ever-expanding shortlist of defenders to sign this summer.
Joining Mats Hummels, Aleksandar Dragovic, Ron Vlaar and the rest is Porto right-back Danilo, whose refusal to extend his contract at the Estadio Dragao has set off some sort of defcon four AWOOOOOOGA siren at Old Trafford according to the Daily Mirror.
The red top reckons that both the Red Devils and Liverpool are on HIGH ALERT about the matter ahead of an almighty pre-season transfer tussle.
Capped 11 times by Brazil, Danilo is also thought to have won himself some admirers at Real Madrid as interest grows over the latest graduate from the esteemed Porto finishing school for defenders.
Each of three aforementioned outfits are 3/1 to house him come the 4th of September 2015, while it’s 6/4 that he hasn’t moved clubs by then.
If Man Utd wish to beef up at the back this summer and, judging from the incessant media speculation, it’s safe to assume they do, this long line of defensive successes to have once donned Dragao blue and white say they’d do well shopping at the Primeira Liga pacesetters.
Bruising Bruno turns out for Fenerbahce these days, where he last season added the Turkish title to the ones he won in his native Portugal and Russia.
Widely regarded as one of the planet’s finest central defenders, Silva’s first taste of European football came at Porto.
He has since won league titles in Italy and France and only recently had his world-record transfer fee for a defender broken by teammate and compatriot David Luiz.
All of the richest prizes in club football have had a smacker planted on them by the madcap Real Madrid man, who has represented the Bernabeu club since 2007/08.
Another serial tin pot kisser, Carvalho’s globetrotting exploits have seen him hoist titles in three different countries and is still a first-team regular at Monaco despite his 36 years.
The Mangler became Britain’s most expensive defender when signing for Manchester City at a princely £32m and looks to be a shrewder acquisition with every passing week.