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Report: Joao Cancelo Nearing Manchester City Transfer; Danilo to Join Juventus

Tom Sunderland@@TomSunderland_Featured ColumnistAugust 4, 2019

SINGAPORE, SINGAPORE - JULY 21: Joao Cancelo of Juventus in action during the International Champions Cup match between Juventus and Tottenham Hotspur at the Singapore National Stadium on July 21, 2019 in Singapore. (Photo by Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images)
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Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo is reportedly close to joining Premier League champions Manchester City, while Brazil defender Danilo will move in the opposite direction.

Journalist Fabrizio Romano tweeted Sunday that City would pay €30 million (£27.4 million) in addition to Danilo in order to sign Cancelo:

Fabrizio Romano @FabrizioRomano

João Cancelo to Manchester City, Danilo to Juventus: here we go! Man City are going to pay also €30M to Juventus and the swap is ready to be completed tomorrow, last details and the paperworks time. 🔵 #MCFC #Cancelo #Danilo #transfers

City manager Pep Guardiola lifted his first trophy of the 2019-20 season, the Community Shield, on Sunday after his side beat Liverpool 5-4 on penalties following a 1-1 draw at Wembley Stadium.

La Gazzetta dello Sport (h/t Football Italia) reported there is also €5 million (£4.6 million) worth of add-ons in the deal for Juventus, with both full-backs understood to have agreed personal terms.

It's mentioned that both defenders will sign contracts until 2024 with their respective clubs, with medicals expected to take place as soon as Monday.

Cancelo, 25, joined the Bianconeri from Valencia last summer and made 34 appearances in all competitions. The former Inter Milan loanee won Serie A in his maiden season in Turin and helped Massimiliano Allegri's side advance to the UEFA Champions League quarter-finals.

Squawka highlighted his success taking on opponents in Italy's top flight last term:

Squawka Football @Squawka

João Cancelo completed more take-ons (61) than any other defender in the 2018-19 Serie A season. A classy offensive full-back. 💨 https://t.co/37zwlBPpMX

Guardiola already has an offensive presence at left-back in France international Benjamin Mendy. City also re-signed Spaniard Angelino from PSV Eindhoven this summer to provide competition on that side.

Kyle Walker is the current first choice at right-back but has experimented as a centre-back to some success in Guardiola's system.

Cancelo's arrival could highlight a new emphasis on width for City, and WhoScored.com noted the Portugal international's strengths in that area:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Joao Cancelo: Statistically calculated WhoScored characteristics For more player stats -- https://t.co/qcx0NlEFiM https://t.co/D9nFOdMSjC

City broke their transfer record to sign Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri for €70 million (£62.8 million) this summer, and Cancelo is close to becoming the second major arrival for Guardiola.

The Benfica academy graduate has 14 caps for Portugal and could form a potent partnership with compatriot Bernardo Silva at the Etihad.

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