Nottingham Forest tried hard to sign Danilo during the summer, according to Sky Sports. Back then the player was keen to stay with Palmeiras, however, and the Reds went for other targets.
Now the Reds could hold all the aces when it comes to signing him this month. Arsenal, Leeds, Newcastle and several other Premier League clubs are monitoring the player’s situation.
It would seem that Forest are preparing to ramp up their efforts. The Reds are gearing up to bid around £18 million to sign the Brazilian who has been courted by Edu at Arsenal for some time.
The 21-year-old is extremely sought-after. He was an integral part of the team that won the Brazilian title last season and he’s got quite the rapport with Forest new boy Gustavo Scarpa.
It’s interesting that Forest looked at the player during the summer. He would be viewed as a replacement for Cheikhou Kouyate and the Reds landed him late in the transfer window on a free transfer.
The brute of a midfielder picked up a pretty nasty-looking injury at the World Cup. He suffered a hamstring problem in Senegal’s opening game against Holland and is now out until March.
Danilo would be a tremendous alternative to Kouyate. He’s a quality midfield enforcer and would slot seamlessly into the Reds’ midfield, allowing other players to kick on.
Forest tried to sign Danilo during the summer
The player is quite experienced for such a young player. He burst onto the scene at Palmeiras as a teenager and he’s managed 138 appearances for the current champions.
There is always an element of risk when players are signed from South America. Given that half the Premier League seems keen to sign Danilo, however, this looks like a calculated risk.
Forest need another midfielder this month. Remo Freuler, Ryan Yates and Orel Mangala have all done well at various points but they all offer pretty similar skill sets.
Danilo would be a quality addition to Steve Cooper’s ranks. The Welsh head coach could get the very best out of the young midfield warrior and he could help Forest fly up the Premier League.