Joao Cancelo could finally secure a permanent move away from Manchester City at the end of the season. Following an unexpected fallout with Pep Guardiola that saw the player leave for Bayern Munich last January, the relationship between the two parties was damaged beyond repair as he was again sent out on loan at the beginning of the current campaign.
Joining forces with Xavi Hernandez at Barcelona, the Portuguese has found a new home in Camp Nou. The Spanish side is now looking to sign the player permanently. Barcelona president Joan Laporta has spoken about his intention to sign both Cancelo and his Portuguese counterpart Joao Felix.
Felix was also brought in on loan from Atletico Madrid last summer. With both players performing well in the team, the Spanish side is considering extending their stay. However, unlike Atletico Madrid that may be open to another loan deal for Felix, Man City want to sell their player outright.
Discussions are ongoing between both parties to hammer out a deal. The feeling is now that there will be a fruitful conclusion. Barcelona president has revealed as much.
As quoted by Fabrizio Romano, Laporta said in a recent interview, “Their agent, Atlético and Man City already told us what’s gonna be needed to sign them. We want both Joaos to be a permanent part of the team, not on loan. Let’s see how it evolves. I feel all parties will be happy at the end.”
Cancelo’s departure will bring an end to his association with Manchester City. It’s a shame that the 29-year-old is leaving City at a time when he is still in his prime. But he is another example of just how ruthless Pep Guardiola can be to players who do not follow his lead.
The Portugal international did win the Bundesliga title with Bayern last season but he missed out on winning the Champions League with City.
Given how important the European crown is to most players, he may be nursing some regrets about his decision to leave the club in search of more playing time.
Although he still has the opportunity to win the trophy with Barcelona, that is by no means guaranteed. For most players this is a once in a lifetime opportunity. Fortunately for City, the team has not missed the player much, if at all.