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Reports: Juventus, Man City re-open talks over Joao Cancelo transfer

Ah, right. These rumors again.

Juventus v Tottenham Hotspur - 2019 International Champions Cup Photo by Pakawich Damrongkiattisak/Getty Images

When the summer months began, it was to be believed that if Juventus were to sell off somebody with some very good value on the transfer market, Joao Cancelo would be that guy. Despite dropping over €40 million for him the summer before, Cancelo’s 2019-20 season went from red-hot to rather cold — which didn’t seem to really matter with the figures that were being thrown around by the Italian media.

Then the rumors suddenly went away just as Juve players reported for preseason training, and you thought that maybe there was a change of heart from Fabio Paratici and Co., with the idea of Cancelo leaving not exactly being as much of a possibility as it was throughout the month of June.

But, suddenly, as we enter August and the transfer window deadlines are

According to Sky Sport Italia’s crew of reporters, Juventus and Manchester City have reengaged in talks for the 25-year-old Cancelo. The price for Cancelo, according to Sky, is upwards of €60 million, with City’s current right back, Danilo, potentially being included in the deal, although Juventus are currently struggling to find an agreement with the 28-year-old Brazilian.

Nico Schira of La Gazzetta dello Sport reported Thursday night that Man City have offered €30 million (and Danilo) for Cancelo, which obviously is well short of the €60 million Juve are asking for him.

So, let’s just recap what the last few days have been like, OK?

  • Moise Kean is basically an Everton player.
  • Paulo Dybala may or may not be part of an exchange for Romelu Lukaku.
  • Joao Cancelo might be leaving again.

So, a very good transfer window has, again, become utterly confusing.

Cancelo, one of the driving forces of Juve’s first half of the 2018-19 season, has been linked to Manchester City from the first days of the summer transfer window onward. Even with the appointment of Maurizio Sarri and his offensive-minded tactical setup, Is Danilo a better option that Cancelo for Sarri? I really have no idea at this point.

Then again, I really have no idea what Juve are doing anymore. Sometimes logic just goes flying out the window and you’re left to wonder what the heck goes through the mind of Paratici when these deals go down.

But something seems to be very, very clear: The offloading phase of Juventus’ summer transfer campaign is bound to come with more than one move that frustrates the living hell out of us. No matter if it’s Kean, Dybala or Cancelo — or all of them — Juve need some cashflow and these are the names that will obviously bring them some money.