Portuguese right back Joao Cancelo looks set to spend his next few years in Italy. On loan to Inter Milan last season, the Nerazzurri didn’t activate their purchase option of €35 million in their deal with Valenica. Italian champions Juventus have now jumped to first in line for the 24 year old.
Wolverhampton Wanderers were believed to be close to agreeing a deal in the region of €40 million following their promotion to the Premier League. Cancelo is believed to have a desire to play at a bigger club with Champions League football on a regular basis. Hense, his decision to reject the efforts from the Championship champions.
With Juventus right back Stephan Lichtsteiner having recently joined Arsenal, there is an vacancy in the Juve back line. Mattia De Sciglio is the only available right back in the first team and is even used at left back on occasion. Should Cancelo arrive in Turin, he will undoubtedly edge the Italian international back down the pecking order to being a squad player.
We reported on Valencia’s delight in Juventus showing interest in Joao Cancelo back in March. It was seen at the time that Inter Milan were going to struggle to pay for both Rafinha and Cancelo before their purchase options ended on May 31st. This is exactly what has come to pass and due to Juventus’ and Wolves’ interest in the right back, Valecnia are able to increase his price tag by an additional €5 million.
Valencia will be hoping a deal with Juventus can be wrapped up as soon as possible in the hope they can sign Goncalo Guedes to a permanent contract. On loan from Paris Saint Germain last season, Guedes was one of the stand out players in La Liga. The majority of the Cancelo money is expected to go directly to PSG for the Portuguese winger.
The deal with Juventus is expected to be a loan initially with an obligation to purchase for €40 million. With Valencia competing in the Champions League next season, they will need additional funds to add depth to their squad, having already bought Geoffrey Kondogbia and expected to confirm Guedes’ signing once this deal with Juventus is finalised. Marcelino is known to have a preference in having a small squad but still wants to add the likes of Daniel Wass to his options.