'Supernatural' interest in Manchester United linked Brazilian defender, claims club president

Manchester United are said to be interested in signing Brazilian full-back Danilo Luiz da Silva, but they'll surely face competition if they make a move.

The Porto star has come under increasing transfer scrutiny in the last few weeks, with Manchester United just one of many clubs believed to be looking to sign him.

AS references Liverpool and Real Madrid as two interested parties, whilst the Red Devils are mentioned in an A Bola report on the 23-year-old. A full Brazilian international, the right-back is expected to leave Porto in the summer, and the same A Bola story claims that United have the advantage in the race for his signature - as they are the only club willing to pay his €50 million release clause.

Due to his young age and impressive performances, Danilo would be a good long-term investment for United, and, although coming for a pricey fee, could quite easily prove to be a bargain after years of service.

However, the Red Devils have to face the negotiation power of Portuguese football, with the likes of Sporting, Benfica and Porto - Danilo’s club - all working their hardest to ensure as high a fee as possible.

Any club could pay his release clause to open contract talks, but the A Bola report claims that Porto want to agree a new contract with Danilo to insert a higher clause in his deal. The contract would do nothing to prevent him leaving, but it would guarantee that any buying club would have to pay an excessive fee for the full-back.

Porto president Pinto da Costa is regarded as one of the strongest negotiators in the game, and he has admitted that he is surprised by the amount of desire to secure Danilo’s signature.

Speaking to O Jogo - quoted by Sport Witness - the president said: “The desire of giants for FC Porto players is something ‘supernatural."

United may be one of the ‘giants’ in question, and they could well be targeting Danilo ahead of a summer move, but it could be a frenzied bidding process.

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