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Wolves Given A Snub By Portuguese Fullback In Favour Of Juventus: Big Blow For Nuno Santo’s Plans?

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Ayush Chaurasia
Sports Management Graduate. Wannabe sports manager/writer and researcher. If not found disscussing about sports, will be seen talking about movies or tv shows. Miserable rest of the times.

It was no secret that Wolverhampton Wanderers were looking to bring in Portuguese full-back Joao Cancelo to the Molineux but the recent reports suggest that the fullback is keen on a move with the Italian giants Juventus. The Valencia defender had spent a season on loan with Inter Milan and his performances were impressive. He played a crucial role at the back which helped Milan secure a top-four finish.

Cancelo is traditionally a right back but he can play in a more advanced role as well as he has good pace and that makes him handy down the wings. He made 29 appearances in the Serie A last season and managed to get on the scoresheet once.

After a good display in Milan, Inter were also interested in having him but Valencia‘s asking price of £35m has put them off. It’s being reported that Wolves were willing to pay such price but the player’s first choice seems to be the Serie A winners.

Earlier reports were suggesting that Nuno Santo will be able to lure the Portuguese international but an opportunity to play with a Champion side like Juventus will surely be tough to ignore. According to reports, the consecutively seven times Italian Serie A winners will have no issues in paying the quoted amount.

This will certainly come as a big blow for Nuno Santo but one expected that the player will likely move to a club who can offer Champions League football. Wolves have shown ambition in the transfer market of late and they are not afraid to challenge to get some top players but they are still a side who just made it to the English top flight and players will most likely prefer more established European teams over them.

The 24-year-old old recently missed the plane to Russia as he was not picked in Portugal’s final squad. However, the fullback should be more pumped up and keen to do well next season to prove the selectors wrong. It remains to be seen where he will ply his trade next season as after a good loan spell, even Valencia would like to have him.

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Cancelo would have slotted in perfectly in Nuno Santo’s side and he would have most likely play in a right wingback role. He would have been an upgrade over the regular player in that spot, Matt Doherty but now it seems like the West Midlands club will have to look somewhere else to bring in reinforcements.

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