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Joao Cancelo to Barcelona? Portuguese can be a valuable asset for Barcelona

Cancelo to Barcelona?

There has been a lot going on in the transfer market as leading sports journalist Fabrizio Romano confirms the ongoing rumours about Joao Cancelo and Barcelona. The club is desperate in need of a quality fullback also backed by the imminent departure of Ousmane Dembele Barcelona might just look to Manchester City for more squad building.

The departure of Ousmane Dembele has given a chance to Barca for more signing to come as the Frenchman left for Paris Saint-Germain. There has been a void left by his departure in the Right-Wing for Barcelona because as injury prone he was there is no doubt he was also a valuable player for Xavi's team.

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Cancelo was very important for Pep Guardiola's team during the first half of the 2022 season as he was starting regularly but a sudden drop in form made Pep choose Nathan Ake in front of me in starting Line-up, Joao Cancelo ended up in Bayern Munich for half of the season but the humiliation came for Cancelo as he was knocked out by his parent club Manchester City in the Quater-Finals of the Champions League.

Cancelo for Manchester United
Joao Cancelo source : Twitter Images

Joao Cancelo might be the option, According to various reports Joao Cancelo is keen on leaving Manchester City as he is no longer a starter under Guardiola and City has no problem of him leaving.

Cancelo is an excellent fullback who is very skilful on the ball as well as creative. His overlapping feature has helped Manchester City to play the ball from a wide area. One finest example was that pass from Cancelo to Erling Haaland during the game against Borussia Dortmund. Haaland manoeuvred an acrobatic kick to finish that assist from Cancelo.

Cancelo obviously can bring lots of qualities to this Barca squad as the only natural Left-Back available to Barcelona is Sergino Dest. Many predict Dest's contract might be terminated if a club doesn't receive any offers for the American and performance in the pre-season friendly might just be the final nail in the coffin for his Barcelona career.

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Cancelo has that to play in the wings if the team required we have seen in many City and Munich games where he occupies the position of a winger or a Wing-Back. With the loss of Demebele Barcelona can use Cancelo as the pivot in the right flank as Raphinha will be able to move freely in that position.

But he does have the reputation of falling out with managers if they don't play him much, This was the case in Juventus, Manchester City and even with the Portugal National Team in the 2022 World Cup.

But Cancelo might cost Barcelona heavily if he has the same behaviour towards Xavi. Also financially Cancelo has a market value of $45 Million and Barca has agreed personal terms with the Catalan club. With Barcelona getting very little for Dembele because of his private clause which PSG activated it might be difficult to negotiate with Manchester City for a reasonable price.

It might be entertaining to see how this transfer deal turns out as Barca seems determined for some more signings.


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