Bayern Munich, the German football giant, has decided not to activate the purchase option in João Cancelo loan. This news came as a surprise to many football fans, who were expecting the talented Portuguese right-back to join the club on a permanent basis. However, the decision seems to have taken after much thought and analysis by the Bayern Munich management.
João Cancelo joined Bayern Munich on loan from Juventus in the summer of 2022. The loan deal was structure in a way that. Bayern Munich had an option to purchase the player for a reported fee of €45 million at the end of the season. Cancelo’s performances on the pitch were impressive, with the 28-year-old playing an instrumental role. In Bayern Munich’s success in the Bundesliga and the Champions League. He made a total of 36 appearances for the club, scoring 3 goals and providing 11 assists.
Will Bayern buy Cancelo
Despite his impressive performances, the decision not to activate the purchase option seems to have been taken for several reasons. Firstly, the financial implications of the COVID-19 pandemic have had a significant impact on football clubs across the world, including Bayern Munich. The club has been cautious in its spending and has opted to invest in younger players who have a longer shelf life. Secondly, the club already has a strong right-back in the form of Benjamin Pavard, who has been a regular starter for the club. While Cancelo’s performances were impressive, it is unlikely that he would displace Pavard in the starting lineup.
Thirdly, there have been concerns about Cancelo’s injury record. The Portuguese international has had a history of knee and ankle injuries. Which have kept him out of action for extended periods. The club may have been reluctant to invest a significant amount of money in a player who may be prone to injury. Additionally, the club may be looking to invest in other areas of the pitch. Such as the midfield or the attack, where they may require reinforcements.