MANCHESTER CITY will look to bolster their defence with the signing of Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo this summer.
Pep Guardiola’s side, who cruised to the Premier League title in 2017-18 with a record 100 points, are on the look out for a back-up to England’s Kyle Walker.
Italian outlet Top Calcio reported that a £39million bid has already been submitted for the defender, who can also fill in as a right winger.
Cancelo, 24, spent the last year on loan at Inter Milan, after joining Valencia from Benfica in 2015.
An asset at both ends of the pitch, Cancelo already has three goals for Portugal in just seven international appearances.
The transfer may benefit from the defender being cut from Portugal’s 35-man preliminary squad for this summer’s World Cup, which would have delayed any change of club.
City are believed to be joined in their pursuit of Cancelo by Italian champions Juventus and newly-promoted Wolves.
Last summer Chelsea and Spurs were linked with a £25million move for the player, who was instead loaned out to the San Siro.
If he did make the move to the Etihad, Cancelo would compete for a starting spot with Walker, who made 48 appearances for his new club after a £45million switch from Spurs last summer.
Walker’s deputy Danilo was forced to spend most of 2017-18 at left-back after Benjamin Mendy’s ACL injury a month into the season.
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