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Real Madrid transfer news: Porto fullback to replace out-going ex-Liverpool man?

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According to the Spanish press Elgoldigital, Porto’s right-back Danilo has been linked with a move to the Spanish capital as a replacement for Alvaro Arbeloa.

The Brazilian has been linked with a move to Real Madrid for some time, however reports suggest La Liga’s table toppers are stepping up their interest as a result of Arbeloa’s probable exit in the summer.

Following Porto’s early Champions League exit and their struggles in the domestic league, stars such as Jackson Martinez, Eliaquim Mangala and Danilo have been linked with moves away from the club. Their European exit has financially hit the former Portuguese champions hard, and Real Madrid could take advantage by getting their man in a cut-price deal.

Los Blancos however aren’t alone in their interest, with Serie A leaders Juventus also reportedly monitoring the player. Yet, with youngster Daniel Carvajal currently the number one right-back, Danilo – like most Brazilians - will see Madrid as the pinnacle and there is not a better time to join them than now.

As a result of Daniel Carvajal’s run in the first team, former Liverpool right-back Alvaro Arbeloa has been linked with a move away from the club.

The 31-year-old’s best years are probably behind him now and whilst still a sold right-back, he has often been looked upon as a possible weak link in the Real Madrid side – highlighted perfectly during Real Madrid’s derby defeat to Atletico earlier in the season.

According to Il Mattino and reported by the same Spanish paper, Rafa Benitez is looking to add his Spanish counterpart Arbeloa to his Napoli project. The former Liverpool boss has already raided Real Madrid last summer - signing Higuain, Callejon and Albiol – and will now return to Madrid for another out of favour star.

The move could be good for Arbeloa. Napoli’s league position will guarantee the Spanish international another crack at European football and his past experiences with Rafa Benitez will give him confidence that he can still land some major trophies.

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