At the very least, Juventus are going to get one deal done with a Premier League club before the transfer window for England’s top flight shuts down on Thursday night.
The Juventus end of the Danilo-Joao Cancelo swap deal arrived at J Medical on Wednesday morning after flying into Turin the night before. Danilo, a 28-year-old Brazilian who formerly came with a whole lot of hype, is now going to look to find what once was as he is on one end of a swap deal between Juventus and Manchester City, with Juve’s big-money defensive signing from a year ago, the €42 million man Cancelo, heading to the Premier League to work with the mastermind known as Pep Guardiola.
According to reports out of Italy over the last couple of days, Juventus will receive upward of €30 million to go along with Danilo now calling Turin his home as Cancelo goes the other way.
We’ve certainly seen bigger crowds outside of J Medical when some of this summer’s other transfer arrivals have showed up for their medical exams. But hey, it’s not like the Danilo arrival is exactly on the same kind of level as Matthijs de Ligt or the return of a club legend like Gigi Buffon.
But Juventus will be hoping that this right back can at least come close to showing that he can hang like the guy he’s being exchanged for.
This is a big-money kind of move involving a talented defender — and it’s not like Danilo is being talked about as being that guy. It’s Cancelo being talked about as the talented defender, not Danilo. It’s the Brazilian who has been marred by inconsistencies and could very well be looking at his last chance at a big club when it comes to joining Juventus.
So, yeah, there’s some level of pressure on Danilo, and that’s mainly because he’s being looked at as a replacement for a player like Cancelo, defensive inconsistencies and all, that was one of Juventus’ best players for a good portion of the one season he was in Turin.