Manchester City set to launch a £39m bid for Valencia superstar this summer
– Premier League champions Manchester City are interested in signing Joao Cancelo from Valencia
– The Etihad Stadium outfit won the EPL title with a 100 points – setting new record in the process
– Meanwhile, they are planning to sign the defender as a backup for Kyle Walker as they plan to defend the title they won last season
Premier League champions Manchester City are reportedly planning to launch a bid for Valencia defender Joao Cancelo this summer.
The Citizens won the English topflight title by setting a new record of 100 points in an EPL season, but they are already preparing for their title defence next season.
Pep Guardiola’s side are looking out for back-up to England’s Kyle Walker, and the 24-year-old Portuguese star fits the bill for the team.
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According to Italian outlet Top Calcio, the Etihad Stadium outfit have already submitted a £39 million bid for the defender, who can also fielded as a right winger.
The right back was sent on loan to Inter Milan for the 2017-18 season, after joining his Spanish League side from Benfica in 2015.
While on loan at the Italian club side, the 24-year-old scored one goal in 26 topflight appearances for the San Siro outfit.
In his first two seasons at Valencia, the Portuguese star played 60 matches for the Spanish side and scored two goals in the process.
Having broken into the Portugal national team in 2016, Cancelo already netted three times in just seven international appearances.
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The transfer may benefit from the defender being cut from Portugal’s 35-man preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup, which would have delayed any change of club.
The EPL champions may not have it smooth signing the defender as Juventus and newly-promoted Wolverhampton Wanderers are also said to be chasing his signature.
Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur were reported to have tried signing the players in a deal worth £25million be he was rather loaned out to the San Siro.
If he did make the move to the Etihad, Cancelo would compete for a starting spot with Walker, who made 48 appearances for his new club after a £45million switch from Spurs last summer.
Walker’s deputy Danilo was forced to spend most of 2017-18 at left-back after Benjamin Mendy’s ACL injury a month into the season.
previously reported that Manchester United and Manchester City have crossed each other’s path as they are set to sign Brazilian midfielder Fred from Shakhtar Donetsk in the summer.
Shakhtar have confirmed Fred will be heading to either of the Manchester sides this summer, with both clubs at loggerheads for the Brazilian star.
City are refusing to give up in their efforts to get an agreement pushed through, but they are set to face competition from a their neighbours.
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