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Man City closing in on deal for La Liga defender

Premier League champions Manchester City have been handed a huge boost in their quest to sign Portuguese defender Joao Cancelo from Valencia.

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The La Liga side have admitted that they are ready to sell the right back, and according to talkSPORT (https://talksport.com/football/manchester-city-fc-transfer-news-pep-guardiola-boosted-bid-sign-joao-cancelo-valencia), it is Pep Guardiola’s Man City who seem to be most keen on gaining Cancelo’s signature.

The 24-year-old started out his senior career at Benfica, spending two years at Benfica’s B team before being placed in the first team. Cancelo only managed one appearance however before securing a transfer to Spanish side Valencia in 2015. This transfer came after a one year loan spell. Including his time on loan, Cancelo has made 64 appearances for Valencia, but spent last season on loan at Internazionale. The Portuguese defender played 26 times for the Italian side, scoring one goal. In his club career so far, Cancelo was granted winners medals for winning both the Primeira Liga and the Taca da Liga in 2013-14.

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Alongside his club career, Cancelo has also represented his national side Portugal at every level from U16 to U21 along with seven appearances for the senior team. During this time, Cancelo picked up a runners up medal for the U21 side at the UEFA European Under-21 Championship in 2015.

Cancelo has been valued at £40 million. Valencia would ideally like to keep hold of the defender , but with that kind of money on the table, they would be silly not to take the money so they can reinvest in their squad after an impressive 4th place last season showcased what a team like Valencia can really do.

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