City complete swoop for Juve ace Cancelo
Manchester City have completed their third signing of the summer when snapping up right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus.
City are thought to have splashed out £60million to sign the Portugal international but have recouped £34.1million as Brazil full-back Danilo has moved in the opposite direction.
The arrival of Cancelo is another big signing for City following the arrival of Rodri from Atletico Madrid and will send shivers down the spines of their rivals.
City wrapped up a domestic treble last season when winning the Premier League, FA Cup and Carabao Cup and following some shrewd additions now look even stronger.
Another attempt to win the Champions League is also high on the agenda, and with the squad that Guardiola is now assembling, challenging on all fronts again cannot be ruled out.
Cancelo himself has one thing on his mind, and that is helping City win even more silverware in the season ahead, and he jumped at the chance to join the Guardiola revolution.
“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play,” he said. “I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”
It comes as something of a surprise that the Bianconeri agreed to let him go, but City are not complaining and they now have serious competition a right-back.
All of a sudden City’s England star Kyle Walker is under heavy pressure and it will be interesting to see who boss Pep Guardiola opts to go with when they kick off their Premier League defence against West Ham United this weekend.
Cancelo’s versatility makes him an important and valuable addition to the City ranks for the season ahead.
As well as playing at right-back, he can play further forward, while he can also switch to left-back which has often been a problem area for City.
It is thought he left Juve because he did not fit in with the playing style of their new boss Maurizio Sarri going forward, but the Old Lady’s loss could be very much City’s gain.
The departure of Danilo is not a huge loss for City as he only made nine Premier League starts last season and it represents good business to include as part of the swap deal.
Danilo said: “It’s been a pleasure to be part of the success City have enjoyed in my time here. The club have been fantastic with me from day one and I will always be grateful.”
With Cancelo now in the bag, all eyes will be on whether City can pull any more rabbits out of the hat before the 5pm deadline.