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Rumor: LAFC in negotiations for Brazilian defender Danilo Silva

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Could he make an MLS reunion with Bob Bradley?

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With the secondary transfer window open until Aug. 8 and Los Angeles Football Club coughing up another late lead this week, scrutiny has turned to possible defensive or defensive midfield reinforcements for Bob Bradley’s squad. And one such player could be on the way.

Brazil’s Globo reported on Thursday night that LAFC have made an official bid for defender Danilo Silva. He was held out of a game for his current club, Internacional, as the parties negotiate the deal, but according to Inter’s team vice president, Roberto Melo, the expectation is that the deal will be sealed soon.

Silva, 31, returned to his native Brazil last year, and is in his second stint with Inter. The lanky defender, who has played a central defense and right back, is best known for his stint at Dynamo Kyiv, where he was from 2010-17, winning two Ukrainian league titles, and seeing action in both the Champions League and Europa League throughout his time there.

Of note, Silva has MLS experience, and with Bob Bradley, no less, as he began his pro first-team career under Bradley at MetroStars in 2005, making five appearances as “Danilo da Silva” which is in fact his name.

The Globo report indicates that in his current spell with Inter, Silva has dealt with injuries, and the implication was that they would not be heartbroken if he moved on. Perhaps it’s just bad luck, or maybe a sign of an injury-plagued future. Who knows.

As far as the reliability of this report, I think it’s pretty solid. Globo is Brazil’s biggest news outlet, and the fact that they got quotes from a team executive by name means it certainly sounds like it’s in the works. Whether the deal will get done? That’s a different matter entirely, considering South American teams are known for driving hard bargains. We’ll see what happens on that front.

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