Madrid - Valencia have added an extra option in central
midfield by agreeing to sign Brazil youth international Danilo Barbosa on loan
from Portuguese side Braga for the 2015-16 season, the La Liga club said on
The deal, which Valencia announced on their website
(www.valenciacf.com), includes a purchase option for the 19-year-old, who is
valued at 7 million euros ($7.7 million) on Transfermarkt.com.
Captain Danilo shone for Brazil at the under-20 World Cup in
New Zealand last month, winning the Silver Ball as the second-best player of
the tournament as the South Americans finished runners-up to Serbia.
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"It is pleasing to announce the signing of another
young player of quality for the Valencia family," club chairwoman Chan Lay
"I know that many clubs were interested in him but I am
very happy he chose to join our project," she added.
"Danilo was one of the best players at the Under-20
World Cup, he is the captain of the Brazil team and I think this shows the
character he has."
Following last year's takeover by Singapore billionaire
Peter Lim, Valencia are ambitious to return to the top in Spain and Europe
after a period of instability marked by financial troubles and disappointment
on the pitch.
They finished fourth in La Liga in 2014-15, securing a place
in qualifying for the Champions League, the competition in which they were
losing finalists in 2000 and 2001.
Under Portuguese coach Nuno, they ended the season on 77
points, the same total they amassed when they last won the Spanish league title
Valencia last month appointed former Manchester United,
Everton and England midfielder Phil Neville as Nuno's assistant.For
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