Manchester City keen to cash-in on player with ‘difficult relationship’ with Pep Guardiola

Due to his ‘difficult relationship’ with manager Pep Guardiola, Manchester City have been keen to sell Joao Cancelo since last winter. The Portuguese had a fall-out with Pep last season which resulted in him joining Bayern Munich on a 6-month loan in the winter transfer window.

Right now the player is on loan at FC Barcelona till the end of the season with no buy option. Man City will look for a permanent club for him in summer 2024 when his loan spell ends.

Arsenal interested but Cancelo only wants Barcelona

Arsenal looked at signing Manchester City’s João Cancelo before he joined Barcelona on loan in the last window. Manchester City were also keen to cash in on him, but Cancelo only wanted to join Barcelona. The Citizens were forced to agree on a loan deal with Barcelona on the deadline day.

So far, the 29-year-old full-back has convinced evryone at Barca. The Catalan club are clear that they want Cancelo beyond this season and will try their best to agree a deal with Manchester City. Sport say it won’t be easy but the Portuguese will do his part to extend his stay.

A deal between Barcelona and Manchester City for Cancelo won’t be easy

Barcelona wanted to include a €30 million purchase option, but Manchester City didn’t agree to it.

Reports states Cancelo is valued at €50 million. Furthermore, the Citizens believe that value will increase after his impressive performances for the Spanish giants. He could also receive offers from elsewhere next summer, which would complicate Barca’s efforts to keep him at the club.

Cancelo, however, ‘absolutely prioritises’ staying at the Camp Nou. This would surely give FC Barcelona an advantage while negotiating with Manchester City. Sport indicate a new loan deal with a mandatory purchase option could be a solution after this season.

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