MANCHESTER CITY star Danilo is wanted by old club Porto on loan for the remainder of the season.
The full-back is worried about his spot in the Brazil squad for the 2018 World Cup in Russia because of a lack of first-team action.
He is understood to be considering his future at City, and would be interested in leaving when the window opens next month.
Danilo spent three years with Porto before joining Real Madrid in 2015, and the Portuguese giants are interested in taking him back.
The 26-year-old has managed just 13 bit-part appearances under Pep Guardiola, and has struggled to break into the starting eleven.
He was assured when joining from Madrid for £26.5m last summer he would be more involved, but that has not been in case.
City and Porto have good relations because of transfers in the past, and it is thought a loan deal could be struck with the option to buy next year.
An Etihad source said: “Danilo has not had a great time here. He cannot get into the first-team and is only making the odd appearance.
“He is concerned it is harming his chances of playing at next summer’s World Cup finals. It is affecting his performances when he does play.
“His old club Porto are taking a look. We have good relations with them after they sold us Eliaquim Mangala and Fernando.
“His early form doesn’t bode well but he is highly thought of in Porto and we know that they are interested to take him back.”
The ex-Santos ace has played just seven times in the Premier League this season, as City take an eleven point lead towards the title.