Barcelona have reportedly reactivated contact over a potential transfer deal for Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo.
After spending the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich, it was claimed that the right-back will be leaving the Manchester club once again this summer, this time on a permanent basis.
Having not been included in the squad for City’s recent Premier League clash against Burnley, some fresh behind-the-scenes details have emerged regarding one club’s efforts to sign the 29-year-old.
Romano says Barcelona have reactivated Cancelo contact
In a recent Twitter post, journalist Fabrizio Romano had this to say on the matter.
He said: “Understand Barcelona have reactivated contacts for João Cancelo deal — with both Manchester City and his camp. Xavi considers Cancelo priority target and negotiations will continue in the next days. Barça and Cancelo, deal ON.”
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City signed the Portuguese international back in the 2019 summer transfer window from Juventus in a deal worth £60m.
Since then, Cancelo has made 154 appearances for the Citizens across all competitions, scoring nine goals and delivering 22 assists along the way as well as winning two Premier League titles.
Having fallen out of favour with Pep Guardiola back in January which led to his loan move to Bayern and the fact that the City manager even said the club were so eager to get rid of him back in the previous winter transfer window that they would have been willing to sell him to Manchester United shows how unsurprising it is that Guardiola didn’t pick him in the squad for the Burnley match.
Moving forward, with Barcelona continuing their efforts to secure a deal for the full-back, it would seem like the best option for all parties to get this deal done and dusted as soon as possible so City and Cancelo can move on from what has been a disappointing few months in terms of their relationship.