Barcelona and Manchester City have apparently agreed on a permanent deal for Joao Cancelo.
The 29-year-old joined Camp Nou on loan from Manchester City at the end of the summer transfer window. He has played five times for the Catalan club this season, scoring twice and assisting once.
Cancelo will return to the Etihad Stadium next season and is under contract with the treble winners until 2027.
However, due to the deterioration of his relationship with City head coach Pep Guardiola, the right-back is unlikely to play for the club again.
When asked about a permanent move to Camp Nou during the summer transfer window, Cancelo recently stated that he was only concerned with his performances for Barcelona.
Barcelona’s new director of football Deco, on the other hand, has stated that the club is open to bringing in the Portugal international on a long-term deal in June 2024.
Barcelona and Manchester City finalized the deal for the defender
El Chiringuito reports that an agreement was recently made for Cancelo to join Xavi’s team for €35 million (£30.3 million) in the coming summer.
The Portugueseman spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich, making 21 appearances, scoring once and assisting six times.
However, Bayern decreases the opportunity to sign him permanently, forcing the defender to report back to Manchester for preseason practice.
Barcelona saw him as a long chance because of the club’s financial issues. However, they were able to sign him on a loan before the transfer window closed.
With 154 games played, nine goals, and 22 assists, Cancelo has been a key component of Manchester City’s recent success.
Since moving to Camp Nou, the defender has become Barcelona’s first choice, scoring in victories over Betis and Celta Vigo.
Cancelo is likely to start against Sevilla in La Liga on Friday, as Barcelona looks to rebound from a 2-2 draw with Mallorca last time out.