Barcelona is making waves in the transfer market as they intensify their efforts to secure the services of Manchester City’s talented right-back, Joao Cancelo, in the upcoming summer transfer window. According to multiple reports, the Camp Nou outfit is eyeing Cancelo to bolster their squad.
Joao Cancelo’s City Journey: From Friction to Departure
The story began in January when Cancelo had a falling out with his City boss, Pep Guardiola. This led to his loan move to Bayern Munich for the rest of the season. Despite participating in pre-season activities, it appears that Cancelo is set for a permanent departure from the Etihad Stadium.
It’s been strongly suggested that Joao Cancelo won’t return under Guardiola’s favour in the new season. Manchester City is actively working to determine the 29-year-old’s future before the transfer window closes.
Defensive Woes and Gvardiol’s Arrival
The potential departure of Cancelo raises concerns for City, particularly in the defensive department. There’s speculation that Kyle Walker is also considering a move to Bayern Munich, which could leave City with limited options in defence.
On a positive note, Guardiola seems poised to bolster City’s backline by adding RB Leipzig’s centre-half, Josko Gvardiol. This move aims to strengthen the team’s defence, even as Aymeric Laporte seeks an exit from the club.
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Barcelona’s Interest and Financial Challenges
Barcelona and their legendary former player, Xavi, are strongly interested in acquiring Cancelo’s services. Reports from Mundo Deportivo, via Sport Witness, suggest that Barcelona is keen on securing a loan deal for the Manchester City full-back while covering his wages. However, Manchester City’s preference lies in a permanent sale.
Negotiations are expected to involve Barcelona president Joan Laporta, who plays a crucial role in discussions. The potential asking price, believed to be around €50 million, could pose a challenge for the Catalan club due to their financial constraints.
The Role of Agent Mendes and Romano’s Insight
Renowned agent Jorge Mendes might play a pivotal role as a mediator between Manchester City CEO Ferran Soriano and Barca sporting director Mateu Alemany. This connection could facilitate the transfer negotiations.
According to Fabrizio Romano’s recent Daily Briefing, Barcelona’s admiration for Cancelo remains unwavering. While they currently face limitations in making an immediate move, other clubs still have a chance to join the race. Despite this, Romano expects Cancelo to bid farewell to Manchester City this summer.
Barcelona’s pursuit of Joao Cancelo adds intrigue to the transfer season, with the player’s future hanging in the balance. As negotiations unfold, football fans eagerly await the outcome of this potential blockbuster transfer.