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Juventus to challenge Man Utd for 23-year-old defender

According to Calciomercato, Juventus are set to challenge Manchester United for Joao Cancelo’s signature this summer.

Inter Milan coach, Luciano Spalletti, has already confirmed the club cannot make Cancelo or Rafinha’s loan moves from Valencia and Barcelona respectively permanent, as per Goal.

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The Serie A giants need to balance the books in order to be in line with UEFA’s FFP (Financial Fair Play) regulations.

The report, as linked above, suggests Valencia need €35 million for Cancelo and Inter Milan are unwilling to meet those demands.

Cancelo, represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, could return to Valencia but it is thought his representatives will look for a big move this summer. Mendes also represents United manager Jose Mourinho, so it should be easy to strike a deal should the Reds show genuine interest.

The Portuguese full-back is also being linked with moves to Wolves and Juventus.

Cancelo would prove stiff competition for Antonio Valencia, who turns 33 next season, as Mourinho needs to find a replacement for the Ecuador international before it’s too late.

At least Cancelo is a right-back by trade!

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