Man Utd set to miss out as rivals launch £50m bid for defensive target

Date published: Tuesday 4th June 2019 10:21 - Oli Fisher

Joao Cancelo: Linked with move to Man Utd

Manchester City are readying a £50million bid to try and beat Manchester United to a Juventus full-back, a report claims.

The man in question is Portugal international Joao Cancelo, who despite Max Allegri’s departure is still apparently unsettled in Turin and could seek a summer move.

Cancelo failed to establish himself as the first choice right-back under Allegri, with Mattia De Sciglio tending to start bigger games, however there are still doubts whether he will stay even if Maurizio Sarri is appointed.

United missed out on Champions League football, and defence is believed to be a major area that he is looking to upgrade, while City are seeking a replacement for Danilo, who looks set to leave this summer.

Reports had suggested that Juventus were aware of interest from both Manchester clubs and were hoping to use that to spark a bidding war for Cancelo.

However, The Sun now provide an update on the situation by stating that City are prepared to pay £50m to land Cancelo, which is just short of Juve’s reported £52m asking price.

The former Valencia and Inter Milan man would apparently fight with Kyle Walker for the right-back spot if he moved to the Etihad Stadium.


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