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Manchester City can land their next Joao Cancelo

With Alejandro Grimaldo, Manchester City may find their next Cancelo.

Last season, Manchester City won their fourth Premier League title in five years by defeating Liverpool at the finish line.

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Joao Cancelo was a key member of Pep Guardiola’s squad during City’s previous season.

With 36 league appearances, the full-back played more minutes than any other Manchester United player.

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Cancelo scored one goal and provided seven assists in those appearances, while also taking more shots at goal (81) than any of his teammates. He also led the club in successful tackles (54) and interceptions (75), capping off an exciting season in Manchester.

However, with the transfer window still very much open for business, the Citizens may be able to bring in their next version of the Portuguese defender.

Alejandro Grimaldo of Benfica, who has been linked with a move to the Etihad Stadium in recent days, fits the bill.

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Last season, the 26-year-old scored five goals and provided five assists in 29 league appearances, highlighting his attacking talent and threat in front of goal.

He also had the most crosses (172) of any player at the Portuguese club, as well as 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.

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

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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.

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