Barcelona Reportedly Scout Juventus Defender Joao Cancelo

Christopher Simpson@@CJSimpsonBRFeatured ColumnistOctober 22, 2018

TURIN, ITALY - OCTOBER 20: Joao Cancelo of Juventus shows his dejection during the Serie A match between Juventus and Genoa CFC at Allianz Stadium on October 20, 2018 in Turin, Italy.  (Photo by Tullio M. Puglia/Getty Images)
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Barcelona reportedly sent international scout Ariedo Braida to watch Joao Cancelo in Juventus' 1-1 draw with Genoa on Saturday.

According to Calciomercato.com, Braida made a trip to Italy to scout Serie A stars Cancelo and Sergej Milinkovic-Savic over the weekend, watching the former on Saturday and the latter on Sunday.

It's said Barca want to sign Cancelo at the end of the campaign, although he could be a costly acquisition due to his impressive performances with the Bianconeri since his arrival in the summer.

The Catalan giants saw Cancelo produce a fine performance against Genoa:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Joao Cancelo: No player has completed more dribbles in a Serie A match this season than Cancelo vs Genoa (7) For more match stats -- https://t.co/4ScEtKHB5k https://t.co/5NGqrzcfF9

Cancelo joined Juventus in a €40 million deal from Valencia, for whom he made 91 appearances, and he has laid on two assists in nine games for his new side thus far.

Serie A writer David Amoyal has been impressed with his showings:

David Amoyal @DavidAmoyal

So far Cancelo been as good as Alex Sandro was in his first year at Juventus, he’s been arguably Allegri’s best player this season

Goal's Carlo Garganese and La Liga writer Andrew Gaffney hailed the 24-year-old's attacking prowess, though they also noted his defensive limitations:

Carlo Garganese @carlogarganese

Cancelo is unplayable at times. Fast developing into the best attacking right back in Europe. He's so good going forward he could probably play as a winger #Juventus #Genoa

Carlo Garganese @carlogarganese

@GaffneyVLC Yeh defensively he clearly has weaknesses, especially in holding the line and from crosses. But then again, so did Dani Alves and that didn't stop him being the best in the world. I agree though he would be great there

Barcelona only signed Nelson Semedo last year and he has shown promise at right-back for them, so it's possible they want Cancelo to provide stronger competition for him than Sergi Roberto or they plan to use the Juve man further forward.

He's experienced with La Liga, too, owing to his time with Valencia, so there would be little doubt that he can perform in the Spanish top flight.

However, given Juventus only signed him in the summer at a significant investment, they'll be loath to part with him so soon after acquiring him, particularly after he has produced such strong performances.