Nottm Forest have announced that they have signed highly-rated former Arsenal target Danilo from Brazilian outfit Palmeiras on a permanent deal.
Danilo has penned a six-and-a-half-year contract and he is Forest’s 24th signing since their promotion to the Premier League last year. The fee is widely reported to be £17.8m.
The 21-year-old is the second player to join Steve Cooper’s side from Palmeiras this month after Gustavo Scarpa.
Forest are understood to have beaten off competition from a number of clubs to sign Danilo. He has previously been linked with Arsenal.
He is relishing the opportunity to play in England after talking to Scarpa regarding the transfer.
“I’m really happy to be fulfilling my dream of playing in the Premier League and playing for Nottingham Forest,” said Danilo.
“I learnt a bit about the history of the club and saw they had won two European Cups. I spoke to Gustavo Scarpa as well, and he told me that Nottingham is a great city and Forest have a quality squad with really good staff.
“I will show a lot of determination and a strong desire to win and will always look to do my best on the pitch to achieve positive results.
“I’m excited about getting started and meeting my new team-mates.”
Danilo is joining a Forest side on a three-match unbeaten run in the league which has lifted the club out of the relegation zone and up to 13th in the table.
Forest’s sporting director Filippo Giraldi said: “We are really happy to welcome Danilo to our club and to our city.
“He is a fantastic talent that will be a great asset for the present and the future of Nottingham Forest.”
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