Man City have beaten the transfer deadline to complete the signing of Portuguese international right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus.
According to Sky Sports News, City have paid £26m and agreed to allow Danilo to join Juventus in the overall deal that sees Cancelo move to Manchester.
BREAKING: Man City have signed full-back João Cancelo from Juventus for £26m plus Brazilian defender Danilo who heads in the opposite direction
— Sky Sports News (@SkySportsNews) August 7, 2019
The Portuguese star is expected to challenge Kyle Walker for the starting right-back spot. Cancelo originally broke through as a right winger for Benfica before transitioning to right back. He excelled for Valencia and Inter Milan which led to a transfer to Juventus last summer.
It’s an interesting move for Pep Guardiola to make, Kyle Walker has long been thought of as a liability defensively and Cancelo is much stronger going forward than he is defensively.
Obviously Guardiola will feel he can improve Cancelo defensively and his ability on the ball will provide an additional threat going forward.
You would expect the signing comes too soon for him to start this weekend, but it will be interesting to see who establishes themselves as first choice as the season goes on.