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Tuesday July 4 2017
Juve's Danilo gamble

Can ‘one of Real Madrid’s worst signings in years’ come good at Juventus? Tom Scholes isn’t so sure.

No one said replacing Dani Alves was going to be an easy task, in fact some would argue that it’s one of the toughest things to do in the game. Barcelona let him go on a free transfer a few seasons ago and never found anyone who could adequately replace him, and that’s a club who likes to think that they can replace almost anybody if they wanted to.

There aren’t many right-backs who can do the job that Juventus want, as well as being available at a price that doesn’t break the bank.

The Bianconeri have targeted Real Madrid’s Danilo, the same man that Real Madrid thought would in fact be their answer to Dani Alves! The Merengues shelled out €31.5m for him in the summer of 2015 and his performances over the last two seasons have earned him the status of ‘flop.’

When the Old Lady makes a signing, it usually has a lot of logic behind it. Gonzalo Higuain, Miralem Pjanic, Alex Sandro and Dani Alves were all coming off the back of brilliant seasons and you could see why Juve would part with large sums of cash for them, but with Danilo that’s simply not the case.

He has been called one of “Real Madrid’s worst signings in recent years” and “the David May of Madrid,” which aren’t exactly glowing reviews, but Juventus are confident that Max Allegri can bring the best out of Danilo and a return to the form that saw him break into the Brazilian national side at the age of 20.

Dani Alves was never the most reliable at tracking back, but he looks like prime Paolo Maldini compared to Danilo, who had nightmare games in defeats to Sevilla and the infamous 4-0 Clasico against Barcelona. Constantly caught out of position and trying to steal the limelight, it was one embarrassment after another. His debut season ended with a curious statistic: he’d played every minute of every Real Madrid defeat.

It’s probably no coincidence that in 2016-17, Zinedine Zidane’s side suffered a dip in form during Dani Carvajal’s injury problems, which is when Danilo was allowed back on the pitch. He was unsurprisingly nowhere to be seen in the 4-1 Champions League Final victory over Juventus in Cardiff.

Yet it’s Alex Sandro that may well be responsible for the call from Turin. Not directly, of course, but his influence is all over this decision. The pair are good friends from their time together at Porto and a reunion would help stave off the growing interest from Chelsea and Paris Saint-Germain.

It’s also worth looking at how Alex Sandro has developed since arriving in Serie A for €26m in 2015, the same summer that saw Danilo go to the Bernabeu. He too struggled with the responsibilities of defending and attacking down the flank, but benefited enormously from the tactical discipline of Italian football and, midway through his second season, was strong enough to push Patrice Evra on to the sidelines.

Danilo could follow much the same path with a patient Coach like Allegri and time on the training ground with old hands like Stephan Lichtsteiner, Andrea Barzagli, Leonardo Bonucci and Giorgio Chiellini.

Would Juventus be wise to use a non-EU place in their squad for a gamble like Danilo? There are only a handful of right-backs in the world who can improve the current side.

One player who would suit them, cost a fraction of what Danilo does and wouldn’t take up a non-EU place is Ricardo Pereira of Porto, who has just spent the past the season on loan at Nice. Pereira only has a release clause of €25m and would allow Juventus to search for another non-EU player, in particular Douglas Costa, and is probably a better fit for this Juventus side.

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Have your say...
@Juventino - Schick is a monster, and Bernadeschi will be our new Italian star to wear the #10.
on the 5th July, 2017 at 5:19pm
@victor. Well i would gladly accept our 63rd or 64th trophy this season and laugh at all the complaints that are going to come this way our year. While you will remain on 39. Y
on the 5th July, 2017 at 12:17am
Juve went into panic mode.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 11:05pm
Between Aurier and Danilo I'd take Aurier for sure... yes he has quite a personality but no club kills personality better than Juventus... sometimes I think the players have labotomies during their medicals!!!
on the 4th July, 2017 at 10:22pm
@Paolo - Alves left because Jve wouldn't give him the contract extension he wanted. He knew by Christmas that Juve weren't going to give him what he wanted. It had nothing to do with the bs your spouting.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 9:58pm
People continue to say nonsense about Dani not tracking back. Btw he left Barcelona LAST season, not a few seasons ago.

Danilo has talent, but he was terrible at Madrid and has never played well for the senior national tea. He and Sandro have played well together at different levels. Danilo could work at Juve, but how could they spend so much on a player who has flopped? Aurier has the potential to be the best in the world. He's simply a clown.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 8:42pm
@Anonymous

At least we win the CL when we play the final (most of the times)

Rather not play it at all then keep losing in the final tbh.

And yes, lets be hones, Juve have a great team, but recent speculations over their signings are beyond debatable.

Losing sandro, why?? Possible losing Bonucci, why?? to get replaced by who??
on the 4th July, 2017 at 8:00pm
So, we're gonna sign this guy as insurance to keep Alex Sandro ?? That's about the craziest thing I've heard in a long while.... Sandro has a contract, so this shouldn't be an issue. Bayern signing Douglas Costa a few years back was a brilliant move, the guy has speed and can play, we should sign him at all costs, and leave Bernadeschi for Inter ....
on the 4th July, 2017 at 7:26pm
@paolo the last time milan won anything you were still an idiot. Dont worry the new milan signings make sure milan wins the cl this coming year and you can keep thinking that your club that wins 1 title every ten yrs is a great club . Oops i just remembered milan are not in the cl .
on the 4th July, 2017 at 6:12pm
Juve don't need to buy top players anymore to take the team to next level. Juve need a top coach to take the team to the next level.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 5:00pm
I agree with Beppe Rossi. Too often the club loses players because they want to beat down the price a little. For an extra 16M or so they could have had Draxler and Witsel. Looks like they will make the same mistake with Costa/Bern'i
on the 4th July, 2017 at 3:41pm
@Beppe - I am 100% with you on the point you made about Juve not digging deep enough into their pockets when it comes down to buying a player they want (with the exception of Higuain which even to this date defies logic). Markets work both ways. Juve would not want to let some of their best players leave on the cheap and neither do other clubs. Stop haggling and start buying the paly who make a difference.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 3:41pm
Lets all agree no matter who Juve sign they wont win Champions League. Dani Alves knew this and left, Sandro will do the same.

Last time Juve won Champions League Dybala was 2 years old.

Happy summer!
on the 4th July, 2017 at 3:25pm
Alex Sandro isn't being sold. If he wanted to leave he would have said so already, and not make Juve wait into July before he decides. What's annoying is Juve nickle and diming teams like Bayern for Costa, and Fiorentina for Bernardeschi. If you want the player, pay what the team is asking, you made a lot of money this past year, and all the European teams know this. I am not saying be reckless, but those other teams won't let you buy on the cheap.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 1:23pm
As far as transfers goes nothing compares to the money Juve threw away signing Piguan but then don't want to overpay for Costa? If they can't find a good forward they won't let Sandro go anywhere and may just take a gamble on his incompetent friend danilo. Someone said Sanchez. No! Playing at Arsenal has ruined this guy. Watching the Confederations Cup he couldn't make a pass and couldn't play with his team. So many selfish mistakes in 1st half. Chile lost to inexperienced German team from him.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 1:07pm
I am realy disturbed at Juventus summer dealings so far. if indeed we wanna show we are at the tier one level of football clubs in Europe...I support Bernadeshi he is Italian and will certainly be committed. Douglas Costa will be the marquee signing and a midfield enforcer.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 1:02pm
At this point i feel juve could sign rannochia and turn him into a world class CB they just now how to ressurect careers.
Danilo would be wonderful regardless of whatever happened in the pat
on the 4th July, 2017 at 12:30pm
A CL finalist, abt 2 world-class away to finally lift tht trophy, here Juve's gambling on a RM reserve who jst slapped them in tht final. RM beat Juve becuz their squad was better! N nw u choose a reserve frm the better team to fill ur starter. Rather than being another way around with Hazard, Chelsea, a club which wasn't in the CL last season n one with such inferior stature made an offer to JUVE fr Sandro who is an indispensable starter n thy nearly gt away with him. Wht is going on?
on the 4th July, 2017 at 12:08pm
I have to agree I feel Danilo is a poor signing but if it helps keep Alex Sandro at the club then it's worth it. Of bigger concern to me is the rest of the transfer strategy, as others have mentioned Juve need world class players to take the next step. Alexis Sanchez seems to be available for a good price, why not go all out for him? Missing out on Tolisso will be costly as he had excellent physical and technical quality. N'zonzi will be an awful signing if that happens
on the 4th July, 2017 at 10:34am
As someone below mentioned, in madrid the fans are extremely demanding and we do seem to have a proven track record of taking over looked players and making them very relevant again. barzagli, bonucci, Pirlo, tevez, khedira etc .
At the end of the day if he's raw talents that I mentioned come out in full effect a 25 million price tag is really not all that much.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 10:01am
I don't watch much football if it doesn't include Juve, but from the highlights ive seen of danilo I was quite excited about the prospect of landing him. He looks like the typical Brazilian/modern full back, super comfortable going forward, can make some great passes, loads of pace, and in the videos had great defensive positioning.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 9:59am
Please stop arguing that it's tough at Real Madrid. If you watched Danilo play you would see how awful he is. This will be the worst signing Juve have made in a long time, especially since it means that Douglas Costa, a world-class winger, will not be arriving. Why on earth would Juve buy a player Real Madrid themselves deemed not good enough?
Juve only need world-class players if it wants to bridge the gap with RM, Barca, BM. Stop spending on bad or average players (referring to N'Zonzi).
on the 4th July, 2017 at 9:25am
According to james horncastle one of the motives for danilo signing would a enticement for alex sandro to stay on as they are apparently good friends. I suppose you could look at that as a gamble perhaps a added benefit from signing danilo.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 9:20am
I feel Danilo would be a good signing. He is young enough to develop at Juventus alongside the old guard as well as this, if he is having a nightmare season, Juve have Lichtsteiner as an excellent back up.
on the 4th July, 2017 at 8:08am
The strategy of our club so far this summer seems to be baffling at best.

Bernadeschi over Costa?
Danilo?
N'Zonzi?
What happened to Tolisso?
Schick?
Sandro?

Where are the top players that will take us to the next level?

We made 130m from the UCL where is this money being spent?

It's ridiculous look at what other clubs are doing. We are so close to winning the UCL the final gap can only be bridged by proven world class performers. Yet it seems the management care more about money than success
on the 4th July, 2017 at 7:55am
At times, even CR7 is called a flop at Madrid!!! Their crowd is unforgiving and put crazy amounts of pressure on the players, Danilo can and probably will come good at Juve or wherever he goes but why not weaken your opponents and go for D'Ambrosio lol
on the 4th July, 2017 at 7:40am

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