Rangers confirm Danilo signing from Feyenoord for £5 million

Rangers have confirmed the permanent transfer of striker Danilo from Eredivisie champions Feyenoord for a reported fee believed to be in the region of £5 million.

Danilo, 24, primarily plays a striker and picked up 10 Eredivisie goals last season in 33 appearances for the Dutch champions including eight in his first 13 league appearances.

However, despite a strong start, the Brazilian fell down the pecking order and made a large proportion of his appearances from the bench with head coach Arne Slot favouring Santiago Gimenez who arrived at De Kuip last season same as Danilo.

Despite the challenges not working out for him, the former Brazil U23 international spoke highly of his time in an interview on Feyenoord’s club website.

“When I came to Feyenoord last summer, I could not have imagined that it would be such a special year,” he said. 

“I am extremely grateful to the club and the supporters for immediately welcoming me and I have done my best every game to repay that appreciation. 

“I am proud that I was able to contribute to the national championship and that I was able to be part of a fantastic team of players and staff members. I will take this beautiful experience in the Feyenoord shirt with me forever.”

The transfer has been a long time coming with the Scottish Premiership side chasing the Brazilian’s signature for best part of the summer transfer window and beyond.

The former Santos youth prodigy has been a transfer target of Gers’ head coach Michael Beale and is expected to be the long-term replacement of Alfredo Morelos who left Ibrox when his contract ran out earlier this month.

For the Glasgow-based club, the objective next season will be to win the league title again and Danilo offers plenty of experience in that department having lifted the Eredivisie title twice. First time happening while at Ajax in the 2021/22 season under Erik ten Hag before moving to De Kuip that summer and be part of their historic league winning season under Slot.

GBeNeFN | Tom Phillips

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