Rangers have announced the signing of Brazilian striker Danilo from Feyenoord as Michael Beale continues to shape his squad for the new season.
The 24-year-old forward has signed a five-year deal after the sides agreed terms on a transfer after lengthy negotiations.
After completing the move, the player goes straight into the squad for Rangers’ friendly against Hoffenheim in Germany on Saturday as the team continue their preparations for the Premiership kick-off next week.
Danilo played 34 times in the Eredivisie last season, scoring ten goals and registering three assists. Beale believes he can help strengthen the Rangers attack as the team aim for domestic silverware and progress in Europe.
The Brazilian played youth football for a number of clubs in his homeland but was brought over to Amsterdam by Ajax in 2017.
After playing for Jong Ajax and spending time with the first team, he went out to Vitesse on loan and after a successful spell with the Arnhem side he moved to Feyenoord last year.
The striker said he was delighted to have made the move to Ibrox and was looking forward to settled in to his new team.
“I’m super happy,” he told the club’s website. “I can’t wait to start playing at Ibrox in front of the supporters. I am so in love already with the club and I’m excited to be part of the Rangers team. It’s time to get to work and I hope that I can repay the love that they have shown to me.”
Rangers manager Beale said he was a long-time admirer of the player and had landed a striker who would slot into his plans well.
“Danilo is a player that I have personally been aware of since his time at Ajax,” Beale said. “He had a breakthrough year on loan at FC Twente and then back at Ajax before joining Feyenoord last summer.
“He has won the Dutch title in both of the last two seasons and his goal per minute ratio is very good. He is an exciting player who likes to create and score goals, he is one that I believe is a good fit for our squad and he will give us another big option in the attacking areas of the pitch.
“The discussions were ongoing for some time, so I am delighted that we finally have him at our club. Danilo really wanted this move and has a strong belief in the plan that we have for him and for the team moving forward – this was key in the negotiations as he really pushed to join Rangers. We wish him every success here at Rangers.”