·7 giugno 2023
·7 giugno 2023
Barcelona’s inability to cover Joao Cancelo’s wages meant a move to the Camp Nou failed to materialise for the Manchester City defender in January, as per reports.
Cancelo joined Bayern Munich on loan till the end of the season in January after losing his place in Manchester City’s starting XI and falling out of favour with Pep Guardiola.
The Portugal international has four years left on his Manchester City contract but recent reports in England have indicated that Guardiola is highly unlikely to welcome the defender back to the Etihad Stadium at the end of his stint in Germany.
A departure is likely for Cancelo in the upcoming transfer window and there will no doubt be a range of suitors for the four-time Premier League winner.
His versatility and natural ability made Cancelo a key outlet for Guardiola over the course of City’s 2020/21 and 2021/22 league winning campaigns but the chances of a reconciliation and a way back into favour for the former seems a tall order as things stand.
Moreover, the emergence of academy star Rico Lewis and the form displayed by the pair of Kyle Walker and John Stones at right-back in the second half of the season would give Guardiola encouragement over his options in the position.
It was recently reported that Barcelona have made Joao Cancelo their top target at right-back ahead of the summer transfer window.
A move to Camp Nou for Cancelo broke down in January as despite their interest in him, the La Liga side were unwilling to cover the entirety of the defender’s wages, with City dealing with Bayern Munich as a result, as per the Manchester Evening News.
Bayern Munich have an option to sign Cancelo on a permanent deal for a fee reaching €70 million beyond the summer.
However, it remains to be seen if Barcelona can table an acceptable bid for Cancelo amidst their financial restraints, with City likely to demand a significant fee for a player whose existing deal in the north-west runs till 2027.
The trio of Aymeric Laporte, Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva have all attracted interest from Barcelona as well, with plenty of movement expected at the Etihad Stadium at the end of the season.
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