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Danilo set to sign for Real Madrid, claims Barcelona advisor Charly Rexach

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Barcelona's new transfer advisor Charly Rexach has claimed that Porto right-back Danilo is joining Real Madrid this summer. 

Spanish media has speculated that Barcelona have been chasing the signature of the Brazilian, whose contract expires at the end of next season. At the age of 23, he was apparently seen as the long-term successor to Dani Alves. 

He's also been sought-after by a number of English clubs too. Manchester United only yesterday were reported to have been trying their hand at signing him, with Antonio Valencia and Rafael da Silva not convincing Louis van Gaal of their respective merits for a first-team place at Old Trafford.

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However reports from Madrid have now emerged stating that the European champions already have a pre-contract agreement in place with the Portuguese giants. It's believed Real will pay €30 million for the player, with him earning a six-year deal trebling his wages.

Rexach, who was recently appointed to the club's new Football Area Technical Commission, told Esport 3 - as brought to our attention by ESPN - a deal had been done with Madrid, but Danilo was yet to decide whether to accept the offer. 

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"They have told me that the deal is already done, but I do not know for sure," the former Barcelona player and coach said.

"[Danilo] must decide that himself."

If Danilo does indeed move to Madrid, it is likely it will spell the end of Alvaro Arbeloa's Madrid career. Dani Carvajal is likely to battle with Danilo for the right-back slot, with preference more than likely being given to the new signing. 

Porto may believe that a deal could be struck with Barcelona which would see Danilo remain with their club for another season. The Catalan giants are currently under a transfer embargo by FIFA for irregularities in youth transfers meaning that players can still be signed, but cannot make their debuts until January 2016.

Because of this, Porto may agree to let Danilo join Barcelona in the summer, but under the condition he spends the 2015/16 season back on loan in Portugal. 

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