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Manchester City's Danilo in Turin Ahead of Swap Deal for Juventus' Joao Cancelo

Gianni Verschueren@ReverschPassFeatured ColumnistAugust 6, 2019

SHANGHAI, CHINA - JULY 20: Danilo of Manchester City  during the Premier League Asia Trophy 2019 final fixture between Manchester City v Wolverhampton Wanderers at Hongkou Football Stadium  on July 20, 2019 in Shanghai, China. (Photo by Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images)
Robbie Jay Barratt - AMA/Getty Images

Manchester City full-back Danilo arrived in Turin on Monday ahead of a proposed swap deal with Juventus that will see Joao Cancelo move the other way.

The Bianconeri announced his arrival on social media:

JuventusFC @juventusfcen

Hi, @2DaniLuiz! πŸ‘ https://t.co/ygXfw9TDfQ

According to Football Italia, his medical examination won't take place until Tuesday, while Cancelo underwent his in Manchester on Monday. City will send Danilo and €30 million to the Italian champions to secure his services.

Cancelo only spent one season with Juventus, and exit rumours started to surface toward the end of the 2018-19 campaign. Per DAZN (h/t Goal), there was controversy over him supposedly liking a negative post about manager Massimiliano Allegri on Instagram, and Allegri's departure didn't end the speculation.

Despite the persistent rumours, sports writer Carlo Garganese is no fan of this move:

Carlo Garganese @carlogarganese

The Cancelo-Danilo swap deal (I’m told Cancelo is 99.9pc leaving) is a much worse deal than the Dybala-Lukaku one. Juve genuinely think they can win the CL with De Sciglio & Danilo as their right backs? And with a 20-year-old novice as their backup LB

Danilo has mostly been a depth option for the Citizens and would be a downgrade on Cancelo for Juventus. He doesn't have the same attacking drive, nor is he as good a dribbler.

There's little doubt the Bianconeri will miss Cancelo's contributions:

WhoScored.com @WhoScored

Juventus with and without Joao Cancelo starting in Serie A last season For more player stats -- https://t.co/qcx0Nln4re https://t.co/ggiVTZE615

But the Portugal international seemed keen on a move to City, and by locking up Danilo and cash, Juventus at least got fair value for their star full-back.

In Turin, the Brazil international will be reunited with compatriot Alex Sandro, who he formed a powerful one-two punch with at FC Porto. Perhaps the reunion will get the best out of Danilo once again, in which case this move could prove a steal for the Italians.

Cancelo will battle Kyle Walker for the starting position at the Etihad Stadium. The two have similar profiles as attack-minded full-backs with tons of athleticism but defensive shortcomings.

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