There is trouble in paradise for Manchester City as their star right back gears up for a high-stakes battle to force a transfer to Barcelona. This is reportedly due to a recent disagreement with manager Pep Guardiola at the Etihad.
It seems that Xavi Hernandez has stated his desire for the club to capture a top-notch right back as Barca outlines their approach for the next summer transfer season. So, Barcelona are on the lookout for a reliable player to strengthen this position.
In this race, Joao Cancelo is quickly becoming one of the frontrunners. This seasoned Portuguese international is on loan at Bayern Munich. Disputes with Guardiola at Manchester City’s Etihad Stadium ultimately led to his transfer to the German superpower.
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It’s worth noting that the Bavarian giants have a buying option for a whopping €70 million. But it seems they have no interest in using this option. It seems like Cancelo will be leaving Man City this summer, as rumours continue to circulate that he will not be able to reintegrate himself into Guardiola’s tactical scheme.
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It has been reported by SPORT (via Barca Universal) that the former Juventus and Valencia right-back is preparing to fight tooth and nail to earn a transfer to Barcelona. Cancelo is seen favourably by the Blaugrana, who are eager to add him to the squad if they can secure a loan agreement with the Premier League champions.
Barca hopes that their established relationship with Cancelo’s agent, Jorge Mendes, can facilitate a trouble-free loan transfer this summer. Eager to wear the Blaugrana shirt, Cancelo is prepared to go toe-to-toe with other clubs in order to join his probable new colleagues at Camp Nou.
The article, though, hints at a potential roadblock. Manchester City allegedly has reservations about allowing its Portuguese star to go on loan again. Instead, they would rather lock in a long-term agreement for the price of €40 million.