Manchester City have reportedly revived talks with Juventus over a possible summer transfer for defender Joao Cancelo.
Cancelo enjoyed a respectable first season at Juventus following a €40m switch from La Liga side Valencia last summer. He ended up making 28 starts in his 34 appearances, while collecting his first Serie A winners’ medal.
But it appears the 14-time Portugal international’s future is in doubt, with Pep Guardiola keen to sign him for Manchester City in the transfer window.
The Catalan coach has welcomed three new players in Atletico Madrid midfielder Rodri, PSV Eindhoven left-back Angelino and Columbus Crew goalkeeper Zack Steffen for a total of €90m.
But Guardiola allegedly hopes to provide competition for Kyle Walker at City’s right-back spot. Apparently, he views Cancelo as the perfect answer to this problem and hoped to sign him earlier this summer.
Aside from being a solid right-back, the 25-year-old’s versatility could make him an invaluable asset for Guardiola as he can also play as a centre-back and a winger.
However, Juventus rejected City’s opening offer of €40m plus Danilo and told the Premier League champions only offers of around €60m in cash will be good enough.
It turns out, though, the Bianconeri seem to have done a u-turn based on a report from Sky Sports. Apparently, they’re now willing to consider Danilo in a trade deal after all.
Therefore, City have reopened talks with Juventus to discuss a possible deal for Cancelo.
Incidentally, this new report comes during the very same week that Juventus executives allegedly arrived in England to discuss a trade deal with Manchester United concerning Romelu Lukaku and Paulo Dybala.
So, the Serie A champions’ sudden change of heart could be down to a need to gather funds to sign Lukaku.