Manchester City completed the signing of right-back Joao Cancelo from Juventus last night, with Danilo moving in the opposite direction.
ESPN reported that the deal for the 25-year-old Portugal defender was finalised yesterday and he joins the Premier League champions for a fee of £27.6million.
As part of the deal, Danilo has left Manchester City to take Cancelo’s place at Juventus, with the deal worth £55.25m in total, according to ESPN.
He has had a consistent goal contribution record in recent seasons, with a goal and five assists last term and a goal and four assists in each of the two campaigns prior to 2018/19. He played 34 times for Juventus, where he averaged 0.03 goals and 0.15 assists per game.
Manchester City have signed a player who has shown he can get forward to very good effect. Last season, he averaged 1.4 key passes and supplied one cross per game. He proved very adept at bringing the ball forward with him, with an impressive match average of 2.4 dribbles (via WhoScored).
While he had a slightly better scoring ratio than Cancelo, he was not as effective in getting forward as the Portugal man. Danilo averaged just 0.4 key passes and 0.2 crosses per game in 2018/19 and provided far fewer assists.
Cancelo will now compete with Kyle Walker for the right-back slot at the Etihad Stadium. The England man played 52 times for Manchester City last season, scoring twice (0.04 per game) and supplying one assist (0.02 per game).
Walker does not share his new team-mates knack for setting up chances, with just 0.7 key passes and 0.1 crosses per game last season and a comparatively low match average of 0.5 dribbles. However, his 90.1% passing success rate is notably better than Cancelo’s 86.2%, as was his 1.1 interceptions per game, so ball retention and cutting out opposition attacks are two areas where the ex-Juventus man can evidently improve.
Cancelo’s knack for taking the ball into attacking positions and then utilising it to good effect could give Walker some serious competition at right-back, even if the England man did his credentials no harm with a heroic goal-line clearance in last Sunday’s Community Shield.
Although Danilo has been a decent performer in his two years at Manchester City, Cancelo’s greater attacking threat suggests that the Premier League champions have gotten the better of this two-way deal.
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