Why Danilo-Cancelo swap deal could be a real coup for Manchester City
The Sun understands that Cancelo has been on manager Pep Guardiola’s radar for quite a long time now and it looks as if the Spaniard has finally got his hands on the coveted Portuguese international, with out-of-favour star Danilo going the other way to Turin as a makeweight in the deal.
Man City have already got things underway with a taste of silverware in the new campaign, beating Liverpool on penalties in a riveting encounter at the Wembley on Sunday to claim the FA Community Shield.
The Citizens have already spent a club-record fee to bring Rodrigo Hernandez from Atletico Madrid as a long-term replacement for Fernandinho this summer, whilst also activating a buy-back clause to re-sign left-back Angelino from PSV Eindhoven.
However, as it seems, Guardiola is not done yet with his summer business and the champions might make the headlines for a final time before Thursday’s deadline, with an audacious swap deal involving Cancelo and Danilo touted to be on the cards.
Danilo, who made his move to City from Real Madrid for a staggering £26.5million back in 2017, has struggled to displace regular first-choice Kyle Walker, and despite coming up with some magical moments over the last couple of seasons, the Brazilian has largely cut a frustrated figure on the bench.
The 28-year-old Brazilian international has made a total of 60 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions and though that kind of involvement looks quite decent on paper, the former Porto man is apparently keen to complete a move away from Etihad to play as the first-choice elsewhere.
On the contrary, Joao Cancelo is currently regarded as one of the best dynamic attack-minded full-backs in Europe and the 25-year-old’s stocks are presently soaring sky-high after winning the UEFA Nations League with Portugal and the Serie A title with Juventus last term.
Cancelo rose through the youth ranks of Benfica in his homeland before joining Valencia permanently in 2015, having initially impressed at the Spanish club on a loan deal.
The right-back, who is also capable of playing as a right-winger further up the pitch, shot to prominence in Europe during his time in the La Liga and spent the 2017-18 campaign on loan at Inter Milan before joining Juventus permanently last summer.
A sharp, agile and technically-gifted full-back with an innate ability to pick out the target man with his accurate crossing, Cancelo is very comfortable with the ball at his feet and is also proficient in reading the transitions in play to good effect and cutting out attacks with crucial tackles and interceptions.
The 25-year-old is about to enter his prime years and Man City are probably looking at him as someone who could push Kyle Walker harder for a first-team role in the foreseeable future given that Danilo has failed to mount a challenge for a regular starting role at the club.
To put things into perspective, it is a no-brainer that Cancelo has all the attributes to be a perfect fit Guardiola’s system at Man City and it is pretty apparent that this swap deal would be in the best interests of all parties involved.
Guardiola’s long-standing interest in Cancelo finally comes to fruition, Danilo gets a chance to resurrect his career as the first-choice in the Serie A and Juventus add yet another quality defender to their ranks following the capture of young centre-backs Matthijs de Ligt, Cristian Romero and Merih Demiral.
Hence, the potential consequences of this proposed swap deal should work in favour of all parties concerned.
Having won back-to-back Premier League titles, Man City will be expected to complete a hat-trick of league triumphs this term and depth in the ranks could prove to be a deciding factor towards the crunch end of the season.
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Cancelo looks like better competition for Walker and given that a lot younger than the England international, City might as well look at the Portuguese star as someone who could solve a big problem in a key area of the pitch for years to come.