Manchester City eye swap deal with Barcelona involving Cancelo and €1 billion player


Manchester City could look to sign Barcelona star Alejandro Balde next summer as part of a proposed swap deal. The 20-year-old signed a long-term contract with Barcelona until 2028, with a €1 billion release clause. However, the Catalan club could be open to sell their youngster as part of a fire sale to balance their finances.

Balde has been at Barcelona since 2011, and made his debut in 2021 against Bayern Munich in the UCL.

Manchester City target Balde

The Spain international has made 16 La Liga appearances and featured in all six Champions League Group Stage matches so far this season. He has looked a bit out of form in recent weeks, with Xavi opting to start Cancelo at left-back and one of Kounde or Araujo at right-back.

A report by sport claims that Balde could be targeted by City as part of a swap deal for Cancelo. This comes on the back of reports that Barcelona are keen to permanently sign the loanee in 2024.

Manchester City have been ‘informed’ of the situation by agent Jorge Mendes, with agent is reportedly proposing a player plus cash deal involving clients Cancelo and Balde.

Barca’s financial situation is the key to this swap deal

The La Liga giants could be forced to sell some of their star players amid fresh financial woes. Despite the difficulties, Barcelona have repeatedly vowed to sign Cancelo permanently. However, it remains to be seen whether the Catalan club can afford the Portuguese.

Joao Cancelo arrived at the Camp Nou on loan from Manchester City. He spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich after he reportedly had a fall-out with manager Pep Guardiola.

So far this season, Cancelo has impressed in the garnet and blue jersey. That’s why Barca are so keen to sign him permanently. Manchester City on the other hand, lack a world class player at left-back, and a promising talent like Balde could be exactly what they need. If Barcelona decide to let go of Balde, the swap deal could be a win-win for all parties involved.

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