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Juventus confirm signing of Danilo as Cancelo joins Man City

By Ben Green

Published: 21:47, 7 August 2019

Juventus have completed the signing of Manchester City right-back Danilo, while Joao Cancelo has headed in the opposite direction.

The Brazilian has penned a five-year contract in Turin, keeping him on the Old Lady’s books until 30 June 2024.

Danilo to Juve: Five things to know… 

  • Danilo has joined Juve in a swap deal involving Cancelo to Man City.
  • The Brazilian struggled to supplant Kyle Walker at right-back and has now called time on his two-year stay at the Etihad.
  • The transfer will see Juve pay City €37m spread across a three-year period.
  • City meanwhile will be given the same time frame to finance their acquisition of Cancelo.
  • City will pay Juve €65m in total for the Portugal international.

Pep Guardiola signed Danilo from Real Madrid in the summer of 2017, but the versatile defender never truly cemented a starting berth in the Catalonian’s first-team.

As such, he has now relocated to Serie A, becoming summer-appointment Maurizio Sarri’s 12th signing this window as he joins the likes of Matthijs de Ligt, Adrien Rabiot and Aaron Ramsey in Turin.

The transfer will see Juve pay City €37m across three financial years, while the English champions will be provided the same time span to pay the Italian club €65m for the services of Cancelo.

Speaking about his departure, Danilo gave his best wishes for City in their future endeavours, while also thanking the fans for their support across his two years in the North West.

He said: “It’s been a pleasure to be part of the success City have enjoyed in my time here.

“The Club have been fantastic with me from day one and I will always be grateful.

“The Premier League title wins will stay with me forever and I will always have City in my heart.

“The fans, the players and the staff have all been brilliant and I wish the Club every success in the future.”

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“City are a fantastic club”

Cancelo has become Guardiola’s third signing this summer with the 25-year-old set to provide elite-level competition on the defensive flanks, and he has already spoken of his desire to test himself in the English top-flight.

“City are a fantastic club, with a brilliant manager and I am delighted to be here,” said Cancelo.

“Everything about them has impressed me, from the facilities, to their style of play.

“I am always looking to develop my game and win trophies and I believe I can do that here, so now I’m really looking forward to the new season and testing myself in the Premier League.”