Joao Cancelo has agreed personal terms with Barcelona. Cancelo is a ‘top target’ for Xavi.
According to rumors, Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has ‘signed personal terms’ with Barcelona.
Cancelo’s future at the Premier League winners is uncertain, with the 29-year-old having spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich after falling out of favor with Pep Guardiola.
According to a January Mail Sport article, the Portugal international and the Spanish boss got into a furious altercation on the training field, which led to his sudden exit from the team.
Though his contract at Man City expires in 2027, it suddenly looks as though he may be returning to the Etihad. According to Fabrizio Romano, the right defender ‘has signed personal terms with Barcelona and wants the move’.
Xavi wants to sign him as a primary aim since January. Now, the talks over a deal structure currently ongoing with Man City.
Joao Cancelo to join FC Barcelona
According to Romano, the financially constrained team want to use some of the proceeds from the sale of the French forward, Ousmane Dembele, to buy Cancelo.
The forward is likely to leave the Nou Camp for Paris Saint-Germain in a transaction worth £43 million.
Cancelo has long been the target of Barcelona. Barca is interested in signing the defender on a season-long loan, according to a May report from Mail Sport.
The club were believed to be in talks to sign the defender yesterday, with Guardiola denying claims from his former colleague, Xavi, that he had blocked a move to the Spanish giants back in January.
Cancelo joined Manchester City in 2019 for £27.4 million. He went on to play 21 times for Bayern in all competitions. There he made good appearances of helping Thomas Tuchel’s team win the Bundesliga title in the season’s final game.
He insisted after leaving City that his unexpected move to the Bundesliga was unrelated to his friendship with Guardiola.
Interestingly, the Bavarian club were unwilling to use a £62 million option to sign the defender on a permanent basis.
Cancelo has appeared in three pre-season friendlies for Manchester City this summer. Performances such as, last week in Tokyo. He came off the bench to help the Premier League winners overcome his old team, Bayern Munich, 2-1.