A number of reliable sources across the European media have this evening suggested that Manchester City are closing on the signature of Juventus defender Joao Cancelo.
25-year-old Portuguese international Cancelo only joined Serie A champions Juve last summer, in a 40 million Euro deal from Valencia, after impressing on loan with Inter Milan the season prior.
The versatile stopper is generally deployed at right-back, but can also line out at left-full or even on the wing, with Cancelo having long been revered for his attacking abilities.
The former Los Che standout’s first season in Turin, though, proved something of a hit-and-miss affair.
Cancelo opened up the campaign in absolutely scintillating form, burning up and down Juventus’ right-flank with passion and quality in equal measure.
The stopper took little time in proving exactly why the Bianconeri had opted to splash out such a hefty fee on his services, quickly establishing himself as a firm fan-favourite.
The second-half of the season, though, proved a far more testing affair.
As Juve’s performances consistently left a lot to be desired, Max Allegri often opted for the more-defensively sound Mattia De Sciglio over Cancelo.
The 14-time capped international also came under heavy criticism for his performance in the first-leg of the Old Lady’s Champions League quarter-final exit at the hands of Ajax, as Cancelo gifted the Dutch giants an equalizer, amid a dismal all-round display.
Man City bound?
Nevertheless, though, on the back of Max Allegri’s departure being made official last month, it was widely-predicted that Cancelo would be afforded the opportunity to rediscover his brilliant best at the Juventus Stadium next season.
As per a growing number of reports across Europe this evening, however, this may not prove to be the case.
This comes amid mounting claims that Premier League champions Manchester City are closing on a deal for the defender.
Spanish journalist Francesc Aguilar first reported the news a short time ago, suggesting that a transfer was close to completion:
Joao Cancelo se va a ir a jugar con Pep Guardiola en el Manchester City. Es un excelente fichaje aunque le cueste 50 ‘kilos’. Con Bernardo Silva jugarán de memoria como con Portugal. Cuando estaba en el Valencia pudo ser del Barça. Ha triunfado en la Juventus.
— Francesc Aguilar (@FApor_elmundo) June 6, 2019
And reliable Goal.com pair Sam Lee and Romeo Agresti, experts when it comes to the respective transfer dealings of Man City and Juve, have since also confirmed that negotiations are underway.
While the Bianconeri, for their part, have not yet sanctioned the 25-year-old’s sale, the City board view Juve’s 50 million Euro+ asking price as ‘reasonable’.
Cancelo himself, meanwhile, is said to be keen on a move to the Etihad.
As such, an agreement being found appears likely.
— Sam Lee (@Sammy_Goal) June 6, 2019
— Romeo Agresti (@romeoagresti) June 6, 2019