La Liga heavyweights Barcelona are reportedly interested in signing 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder Danilo from Palmeiras.
According to a report by Spanish publication SPORT, Danilo is the subject of interest from Barcelona. The 21-year-old is one of several midfielders the Catalan giants are considering over a possible move in 2023 as they look to remodel the midfield unit.
Danilo spent his formative years at four Brazilian clubs before graduating from the PFC Cajazeiras academy. But the young midfielder rose to prominence while on loan at Palmeiras, who signed him permanently in September 2020. The deal came four days after he made his first-team debut for Palmeiras.
The 21-year-old has not looked back in the last two years, establishing himself as a pivotal figure for Verdão. And Danilo has enjoyed a solid 2022 season, chipping in with seven goals and four assists in 52 appearances. The player’s progress has not gone unnoticed either, with Barcelona among his prospective suitors.
Barcelona will likely sign at least one midfielder in 2023, with Sergio Busquets enduring a sharp decline. The veteran midfielder has been the bedrock of the Catalan club’s success over the past decade and a half. But Busquets’s performance levels have regressed considerably, and Barcelona will look to move him on next year.
Several midfielders have thus emerged on Barcelona’s radar over a move in 2023. And recent reports have claimed that Ruben Neves is edging closer to joining the Blaugrana. But the Catalan giants are keeping their options open and may have to sign more than one midfielder next year.
Brazil might be one of Barcelona’s preferred destinations to scout players, with Andrey Santos on their radar. And Danilo is also a viable target, with the 21-year-old midfielder possessing the qualities to succeed Busquets. And the player might not be a costly acquisition either, even though his contract runs until 2026.
Barcelona will need to have a clear plan to ensure a smooth succession from Sergio Busquets. And while Ruben Neves seems the ideal target, Danilo will also be an option worth considering amid their stressful financial situation. It will be interesting to see if the 21-year-old Brazilian midfielder becomes a top target for Barcelona next year.