According to sources in Spain, Manchester City, and Barcelona have reached an “understanding in principle” on a loan agreement for Joao Cancelo.
Since his surprise loan transfer to Bayern Munich in January, Cancelo has been shunned at City. After growing impatient with Pep Guardiola’s rotational approach and the resulting lack of guaranteed minutes, the Portuguese full-back was moved out.
Barcelona was keen to acquire Cancelo permanently this summer, but Bayern decided against exercising their option. A deal has reportedly been achieved after some time of continuous negotiations over a transfer, according to Sport.
The 29-year-old is anticipated to join Barcelona on loan for the upcoming campaign, with the option to make that transfer permanent for somewhat more than €30 million. The arrival of Cancelo is reportedly just a “matter of hours” away.
Alan Nixon says that City is considering a number of potential Riyad Mahrez successors, including the teenager from Lyon, Bradley Barcola.
The Algerian moved to Al-Ahli in Saudi Arabia last month, and City received £30 million from the transaction. Barcola is the most recent potential successor that manager Pep Guardiola has identified.
As they attempt to replace a significant void on the right of their front three, City are thought to be “aggressive” in their interest. The 20-year-old, who made 26 Ligue 1 games last season, is now in his third season with the Lyon first squad. He had five goals and eight assists.
Barcola, a France under-21 international, mostly plays on the right but is capable of playing anywhere along the frontline. Most people recognize him for his adaptability and quick dribbling.