In focus: The right-back targets Manchester City could sign to replace Zabaleta and Sagna

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2) João Cancelo (Valencia)

Described by former Valencia boss Gary Neville as incredible and a player with great speed and energy, João Cancelo is another name continually linked with a whole host of Champions League competing clubs. After beginning his career at SL Benfica, progressing through the various youth ranks and consequently making his competitive debut in January 2014, Cancelo joined Valencia on loan during the 2014/15 season and after impressing was later signed permanently by the Spanish club on a five year deal for a reported fee of €15m. WhoScored.com describe the 22 year-old not only as a player keen on dribbling and regularly playing long balls and crosses into the box but one who excels in his defensive contribution too.

Further factors which may attract Manchester City are his work-rate and energy levels, traits which Neville and more recent Valencia managers have all used to their advantage, often using Cancelo as a right wing back with a license to attack as well as playing as a traditional full-back. Able to stretch the game and create space for other players through a mixture of quick yet calculated bursts forwards, Cancelo has repeatedly showed he can be as much of a threat going forward as he is a defender. Should City wish to make a move for the Portuguese international however they will have to act quickly, with several outlets suggesting the youngster has been named as FC Barcelona’s number one summer transfer target with Chelsea also reportedly very interested in signing Cancelo too.

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