Nottingham Forest have confirmed the signing of Brazilian midfielder Danilo for a reported fee of £18million amid links to Leeds United earlier this month – with the talent being touted with a whole host of Premier League clubs this month.

Still only 21, Danilo has joined the club from Brazilian side Palmeiras. Called up for Brazil but yet to win his first cap, his form in Brazil has earned him plenty of links to Premier League clubs. Arsenal have regularly been touted as interested.

Italian outlet CM claim that Leeds were among the clubs looking at Danilo. Arsenal, Aston Villa, Newcastle, West Ham and Wolves have also shown interest. But Forest have acted quickly, luring him to the City Ground on a huge contract.

Danilo has penned a contract for the next six and a half years at Forest, taking him up until the summer of 2029. A real signal of intent from Forest, who continue to add to their squad despite signing, basically, a new team in the summer.

Leeds are looking to bring in a midfielder. The links with Angers midfielder, and Morocco World Cup star Azzedine Ounahi continue to linger. The Whites lack cover for Tyler Adams, while a goalscoring no.8 could also be considered.

Sam Greenwood is a 10, but is being asked to drop deep. Marc Roca’s form has been up and down. Adam Forshaw continues to suffer with niggling injuries. Leeds need another midfielder and Danilo might have been an ideal signing.

But, Forest have won the race to land Danilo with Leeds perhaps, focusing on the signing of Ounahi. Whether Leeds make a move for a midfielder come the end of the window remains to be seen. But Forest have announced Danilo.

Palmeiras v Fortaleza - Brasileirao 2022
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