Brazilian right-back Danilo Luiz da Silva has made 125 appearances for Porto since transferring from Santos in 2011, and the 23-year-old is starting to look like a top quality defender.
With 30 games to his name this term, Danilo has impressed in both the domestic league and Champions League, and he will be hoping to help Porto progress into the latter stages of the European competition by overcoming Basel in the second leg of their knock-out tie.
Last week, it was reported by the Daily Mail that the Brazilian international’s form with Porto had led to interest from Premier League side Liverpool, who are said to be targeting him as a long-term replacement for Glen Johnson. The same report claims that he has a £37 million release clause, but, with his contract expiring in the summer of 2016, the Reds may be able to secure him on a cut price fee.
The player is seemingly refusing to agree a new deal, meaning that he could leave for free at the end of his contract, and Porto may be willing to sell him early for some return, rather than risk losing him for nothing when the contract expires.
Interest from Barcelona is also documented in the article, and it is claimed that he would willingly sign for the club this summer, before formally moving in January 2016 when the Catalan club's transfer ban is expired.
However, a new report published by AS in Spain has indicated that Barca’s La Liga rivals Real Madrid have moved to the front of the queue for Danilo’s signature, and have already started negotiations with the player concerning a transfer.
As reported, the player's agent has headed to Madrid to lay the foundations of an agreement, and the only thing stopping the club rushing through with a transfer is Porto’s hardline negotiation technique. It is suggested that they intend to sell Danilo, but only after he has agreed a new contract to ensure that they receive a higher transfer fee from Madrid, by incorporating a higher buy-out clause in the contract.