Manchester City: Joao Cancelo’s possible arrival depends on Danilo’s future
Manchester City remain hopeful of signing Joao Cancelo from Juventus, but any potential transfer for the right-back would depend on what happens with another player in that position.
The print edition of Tuttosport reported [via Calciomercato] that the 25-year-old is eager to work with Pep Guardiola, but he would only be signed if Manchester City were to sell Danilo.
According to Tuttosport [via Calciomercato], the Serie A champions value Cancelo at €55million (£49.08m), with Manchester City seeking to get the Brazil right-back off their books and raise funds to cover the fee for his Portugal counterpart.
Calciomercato claimed that Juventus sporting director Fabio Paratici had spoken with representatives from Manchester City this week about Cancelo’s possible transfer while he was in London to discuss other deals.
Cancelo has changed clubs in each of the last two summers, joining Inter from Valencia in 2017 and then relocating to Juventus last year.
He has played 62 games during his time in Italy, scoring twice and providing nine assists. That works out at 0.03 goals and 0.15 assists per game.
His profile on WhoScored.com highlights passing and dribbling as two of his main strengths. He averaged 50.3 passes per game last season, with a success rate of 86.2%. His match average for key passes was 1.4 and he supplied one cross per game, hinting that he can make possession count in key areas of the pitch.
In terms of the defensive aspect of his game, Cancelo averaged 1.7 tackles and 0.6 interceptions per match in 2018/19.
Danilo has been at Manchester City for two years, making 60 appearances in which he has scored four goals and provided three assists, an average of 0.07 goals and 0.05 assists per game.
He averaged more passes per game (69.7) than Cancelo and had a slightly better accuracy rate of 87%. Also, he proved much more effective in terms of stopping opposition attacks, with match averages of 1.8 tackles and 1.4 interceptions.
However, he made little impact in the attacking third of the pitch, with only 0.4 key passes and 0.2 crosses per game.
In Marti Perarnau’s book Pep Confidential, Guardiola said: “You have to pass the ball with a clear intention, with the aim of making it into the opposition’s goal. It’s not about passing for the sake of it.” [via The Telegraph].
In that sense, Cancelo should be an upgrade on Danilo, given the Juventus man’s greater tendency to pass the ball in attacking areas of the field. Cancelo also has a far better creativity ratio than Danilo, but key aspects of his defensive work like tackling and interceptions are notably inferior.
The Premier League champions have been linked with free agent Dani Alves recently, according to Globo Esporte, and he has recorded eight goals and 18 assists in the last two years. If Manchester City are looking for a more attack-minded right-back instead of Danilo, perhaps £49.08m-rated Cancelo is not the answer.
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