Depending on which Italian outlet you read, Juventus are in different points of the negotiation dance when it comes to their attempt to sign Real Madrid right back Danilo. Some say that an offer will be made soon, others say one has already been put on the table ... and subsequently rejected by Real Madrid.
But, according to La Gazzetta dello Sport, Juve have gotten one of the steps out of the way at the very least.
The Italian daily is reporting on Saturday that Juventus and Danilo have agreed to personal terms on a contract, with the only thing left is to convince Real Madrid on a transfer. According to La Gazzetta, Danilo has agreed to the framework of a five-year contract that would pay him around €5 million annually — something that puts him amongst some of Juve’s highest-paid players on the payroll.
If true, that’s the easy part of the equation.
What’s left is to negotiate a transfer fee to bring the 25-year-old Brazilian to Turin.
Earlier in the week it was the same Gazzetta outlet that reported Juventus’ first offer of €15 million for Danilo was turned down by Real Madrid, with their asking price likely falling somewhere between €20 million and €25 million knowing how much they paid for him a couple of summers ago. That’s on top of Danilo reportedly becoming Juve’s top choice to replace another Brazilian at right back, the recently-departed Dani Alves.
All of this has come on after the other. How much progress that has been made still remains to be seen.
But with personal terms reportedly agreed upon, it’s a step in the right direction if Juventus really want to have one Brazilian replace the other as the No. 1 right back next season. It’s not a huge step. Just one step. The big, big step is still to be determined. And something tells me this is going to be one interesting negotiation.