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Manchester City can land their next Cancelo with Alejandro Grimaldo

Manchester City managed to secure their fourth Premier League title in five years last season after beating Liverpool to the finish line.

One figure in Pep Guardiola’s squad that played a very big part in City’s previous campaign was Joao Cancelo.

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With 36 league appearances to his name, the full-back racked up more minutes than any other player at the Manchester club.

In those appearances, Cancelo scored one goal and provided seven assists for the side, in addition to racking up more shots at goal (81) than any of his teammates. He also topped the list for successful tackles (54) and interceptions (75) at the club as he capped off an enthralling campaign in Manchester.

However, with the transfer window still very much open for business it could give the Citizens the chance to bring in what may well be their next version of the Portuguese defender.

One player that has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in recent days would fit the profile is Benfica’s Alejandro Grimaldo.

In his 29 league appearances last season, the 26-year-old found the net five times and supplied five assists for his side, highlighting his attacking talent and the threat he carries in front of goal.

He also provided more crosses (172) than any other player at the Portuguese club as well as making 28 interceptions and 32 successful tackles.

This shows the clear attacking prowess he has as well as the useful defensive attributes he can produce, just like Cancelo.

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His overall performances earned him a season rating of 7.28/10 from WhoScored, making him the fifth-highest rated Benfica player.

This backs up why he was hailed as being “one of the best five left-backs in Europe” by Benfica’s sporting director Tiago Pinto.

Bearing in mind how Cancelo worked his way through Benfica’s youth ranks at the early stage of his career, it shows an added similarity between the duo.

With a reported price tag of €20m (£16.8m), securing a deal for Grimaldo should be at the top of City’s priority list, especially as they could do with adding another full-back to their squad following the departure of Oleksandr Zinchenko and recent claims that a move for reported target, Marc Cucurella, has stalled.

Article title: Manchester City can land their next Cancelo with Alejandro Grimaldo

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