Liverpool should make Palmeiras player Danilo their top target to strengthen the midfield next summer.
According to David Lynch in The National, Liverpool will soon be looking for a midfielder who is in their early 20’s and has an ‘impressive athletic profile.’
They’ll also reportedly be unworried about spending a big transfer fee, but won’t go overboard on wages. This had led to suggestions that they could now miss out on reported top target Jude Bellingham.
For all those reasons, Danilo appears to fit the bill. For those unfamiliar with the Brazilian, allow South American football expert and journalist Tim Vickery to introduce you.
Vickery is a great voice of authority on South American football, so when he speaks, you listen. And whilst speaking on TalkSPORT yesterday, the journalist was asked who is the ‘hottest property’ in Brazilian football right now.
His answer was unequivocal, and Liverpool should be taking notice.
“It’s an easy one – Danilo,” said Vickery. “The central midfielder of Palmeiras, left-footed central midfielder. He’s probably the most effective player in South American football.
“He’s dynamic, left footed, he was called up to the Brazil squad. He was the only outfield player based in Brazil who was called up to the last Brazil squad.”
That all sounds very encouraging. However, should Liverpool decide they do in fact want to pursue a deal for the 21-year-old, they may have competition.
“Arsenal wanted him in January,” claimed Vickery. “The only reason that didn’t go through was that in February Palmeiras were contesting the Club World Cup and they didn’t want to sell. They don’t want to sell in this window but they’re not going to be able to keep hold of him for very long. He’s developed so quickly, and I think he’d be an asset to any Premier League midfield.”
Getting in before the rush
It’s easy to see why Arsenal’s interest has been piqued. Danilo looks like a strong and powerful midfielder who also has forward-thinking tendencies. With Liverpool missing out on Aurelien Tchouameni, Danilo looks to have a similar skillset.
He may not come cheap, though. According to Esportes, the youngster has a release of around £86m.
It’s unlikely that Liverpool would have to pay the full amount of that, though. Arsenal’s bid in January was reportedly more-or-less a quarter of that, and according to Vickery a deal was close to being completed.
Even if the fee is a big one, his wages should be firmly in the ‘affordable’ bracket for Liverpool.
If Danilo can keep impressing for Palmeiras, there seems to be a chance that he could make Brazil’s World Cup squad later this year.
In that case Liverpool should try to get in as early as they can. Should interest in Danilo sky-rocket as it looks like doing for Bellingham, they may be priced out once again.