Nottingham Forest are reportedly expecting offers from ‘major European teams’ for Danilo with the £16 million January signing already facing an uncertain future at his Premier League employers.
Now, Nottingham Forest’s approach to recruitment over the last 12 months may bring to mind the phrase ‘chucking darts at a dartboard’. But, in Danilo, the two-time European champions certainly hit the bullseye.
In fact, if you were to rank all the new players who arrived in the Premier League during the January window – not just at Forest but throughout the league – the £16 million signing from Palmeiras would arguably be competing for a place on the podium.
The 22-year-old was an outstanding piece of business; as impressive on the ball as he is off it, while also chipping in with his fair share of goals. Danilo scored three times in 12 starts, including in vital wins over Brighton and Southampton.
“He is an exciting player,” manager Steve Cooper told The Athletic in April. “An exciting prospect.
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“Sometimes, when young players come to clubs, it can be months before they even get a game. We are really happy with him.”
Danilo already a favourite at Nottingham Forest
There was to be no prolonged period of adaptation required for Danilo. Such was the immediacy of his impact, ESPN report that Nottingham Forest are already anticipating approaches from some of Europe’s big-hitters for a man who was reportedly on Arsenal’s radar during much of the last few years.
Forest, to quote ESPN, ‘know that they will not be able to count on the Brazilian for much longer’. That is not to say Danilo is going anywhere this summer, however.
The report adds that Danilo’s suitors – whoever that may be – will continue to keep tabs on him until the New Year, in the hope that he succeeds in building upon a highly-promising debut campaign at the City Ground.
But if Danilo was Forest’s bullseye addition, then Gustavo Scarpa found himself bouncing off the outer ring. Danilo’s former Palmeiras team-mate started strongly before a knee injury curtailed his impact.
There is a belief, however, that the 2022 Brazilian Serie A Player of the Year will be a man revitalised and raring to go next term, a full pre-season helping Scarpa get used to the rigours of English football.