Report: Guardiola To Spend £50 Million On Youngster Who Can Challenge Kyle Walker

Man City and Pep Guardiola

Manchester City boss Pep Guardiola believes Juventus right-back Joao Cancelo can push Kyle Walker for a first-team berth, and he is about to make a £50million move for him this summer, according to The Sun.

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With Danilo set to depart the club this summer in search for more playing minutes, the Premier League champions need a replacement and they see the Portuguese as a quality one.

At 25, Cancelo is also an exceptional choice to replace the 29-year-old Walker in the long-term.

Crystal Palace right-back Aaron Wan-Bissaka was on the club’s radar, but the Eagles have hung a £70 million asking price on the 21-year-old to prevent suitors, and it appears City will now settle for the Juve star.

Cancelo also brings versatility to the table as he is capable of playing at left-back and further up the pitch on both wings, and it’s a feature Guardiola needs in players.

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Despite winning an unprecedented domestic treble in 2018-19, City’s Champions League shortcomings will drive them to further strengthen their squad depth this summer, and they won’t think twice before splashing the cash on the Portugal international.

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