·22 September 2023
·22 September 2023
Barcelona have enquired about the asking prices of loan signings Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo ahead of their potential permanent transfers.
The Catalan giants recruited Felix from Atletico Madrid and Cancelo from Manchester City on loan deals on the deadline day of the summer transfer window.
Due to their financial constraints, Barca opted for dry loan deals for the Portuguese duo. However, the Catalan giants intend to sign them on permanent deals.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga champions have learned that Felix’s current valuation stands at €80 million, while Cancelo can be acquired for around €25 million plus add-ons.
Man City demanded around €70m from Bayern Munich for the permanent sale of the Portuguese full-back last summer, and the Bavarians opted against making his loan move permanent.
City have now lowered their asking price due to Cancelo’s age and because he is not in Pep Guardiola’s plans.
Atletico are willing to sell Felix to Barcelona for around €80m, roughly €50m short of the figure they paid Benfica for his services in 2019.
The price is on the high side for Barca, but Atletico will have more power in the negotiations because he is contracted until 2029.
However, Barca still have an edge as both the Portuguese superstars are keen on staying at the Catalonian capital beyond next summer.
The players are admirers of the Catalan club, as manifested by Cancelo’s words that it was hard to turn down an opportunity to play for his dream club like Barca.
Felix only wanted to join Barca and took a significant pay cut to complete his move.
The 23-year-old has made a flying start, scoring on his first La Liga start as well as netting a double and an assist in the Champions League opener against Royal Antwerp.
Cancelo has also quickly adapted to Xavi’s system, scoring against Real Betis in La Liga.
Meanwhile, Barca have worrying news from Brazil as Vitor Roque has sustained an injury during the Athletico Paranaense’s game against Internacional.
The Catalan giants announced the signing of the Brazilian prodigy this summer, and he is due to join the La Liga giants ahead of the 2024/25 season.
But the Blaugrana are looking to bring him as early as January if they receive the green light from La Liga regarding Financial Fair Play.
However, the Spanish giants now have a major concern, with Roque leaving the field on a stretcher just 11 minutes into the game.
Barca are awaiting the results of Roque’s medical examinations and are hoping there won’t be any serious injury.