Barcelona And Atletico Madrid Battle For Valencia Defender Joao Cancelo

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Barcelona and Atletico Madrid are tracking Valencia right-back Joao Cancelo in a bid to bolster their defensive ranks, according to the Mail Online.

Luis Enrique’s side are said to be preparing to approach their La Liga rivals regarding the availability of the 22-year-old Portugal international, with Diego Simeone’s Atletico also among the interested parties.

The Portuguese international, who joined Valencia from Benfica in 2015 after a loan spell at the Mestalla, is believed to be a transfer target for Barcelona as they prepare to replace Aleix Vidal.

It was reported earlier this month that Barcelona wanted to swap Vidal for Cancelo, but according to the Daily Mail, Atletico are also very much in the hunt for the full-back, who is contracted to the Mestalla until the summer of 2021.

Cancelo appeared in all seven of Valencia’s La Liga matches at the start of the 2016-17 campaign. Meanwhile, the defender has scored three times in three caps for the Portuguese national team.



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