In a significant development, English publication Daily Star reports that Barcelona is on the verge of securing the permanent signing of Portuguese international Joao Cancelo from Manchester City. The deal is said to be worth £24.3 million.
Joao Cancelo initially joined Barcelona on a season-long loan this past summer. However, due to his impressive performances and growing impact within the team, discussions regarding a permanent transfer have gained momentum at a rapid pace.
Joao Cancelo and Manchester City
Cancelo’s future at Manchester City had been uncertain, particularly after a falling-out with manager Pep Guardiola during the previous season. To address this, he spent the latter half of the last season on loan at Bayern Munich. It was clear that a move away from Manchester City was on the horizon for Cancelo. While the Prem champions initially held out for a hefty £55 million transfer fee.
But the strong desire of the 29-year-old right-back, City agreed to his season-long loan to the Blaugranas. However recent reports now suggest that negotiations between the two clubs continued beyond the summer transfer window. Which eventually resulted in an agreement on a transfer fee of £24.3 million for Joao Cancelo.
Joao Cancelo and FC Barcelona
Since his arrival at Barcelona on the summer transfer deadline day, Cancelo has already made a significant impact. The talented Portugese has had six appearances across all competitions for the Blaugranas. In those six games Cancelo has notched two goals and provided an assist. Adding a dynamic dimension to Barcelona’s attack from the right flank and giving them security in that position.
Should the reports of the £24.3 million transfer fee hold true, it would represent a substantial coup for Barcelona. Securing Cancelo’s services at a fraction of the originally demanded price. The move signifies the club’s continued commitment to strengthening its squad and competing at the highest level.
Barca fans will undoubtedly be eager to witness Joao Cancelo’s continued contributions. The player looks set to become a permanent fixture in the squad. The deal is poised to benefit both the player and the club. With Cancelo’s exciting style of play aligning well with Barcelona’s footballing ethos. While FC Barcelona finally filling up their Right back spot.