Barcelona are stated to be eager on a transfer for Portugal worldwide Joao Cancelo, with the participant believed to be on the verge of a summer time exit.
Is Cancelo leaving Manchester Metropolis?
Cancelo made a shock mortgage transfer from Manchester Metropolis in January after a brief spell, however after an initially shiny begin in Germany for Bayern Munich, he’s now struggling to impress.
He was described as “world class” by Bayern president Herbert Hainer after a robust debut, nevertheless it now seems the membership is not going to activate the acquisition choice in his mortgage deal, with Cancelo more likely to search for one other route away from Man Metropolis.
Certainly, a report from Sport has confirmed that Barcelona are an choice, with the Blaugrana eager so as to add Cancelo to their squad in what might be a mortgage deal.
It claimed: “Joao Cancelo’s identify has come down nicely at Barcelona. The Portuguese right-back is a reputation on the desk for the Catalan membership to signal within the close to future, given the group’s wants.
“President Joan Laporta himself declared this week that Barça would love (to) strengthen subsequent season with a full-back, a centre-back and a striker. The choices (being thought-about) are completely different, however Cancelo has appeared within the final hours with a variety of power.
“Each the board and the sporting committee look favorably on the attainable incorporation of the participant, who would come on mortgage as Manchester Metropolis are prepared to mortgage him out and Bayern Munich, his present membership, haven’t any intention of conserving him on mortgage or exercising an choice to purchase on the finish of the season.”
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The place can Cancelo play for Barcelona?
Cancelo can play on both aspect as a full-back, and this versatility may open up quite a few completely different tactical choices for Xavi Hernandez.
Jules Konde or Ronald Araujo have typically performed at right-back, regardless of each being extra pure centre-halves, whereas Jordi Alba and Alejandro Balde are the 2 attacking choices on the left.
Xavi can use Cancelo to both present an alternate choice on the precise, which may see Konde transfer to the center, or as one other rotational participant to assist the group in assault when he’s in possession.
Over the previous yr, Cancelo has ranked within the prime 6% of full-backs for progressive carries, progressive passes, attacking penalty space touches and profitable clearances (in line with FBref), exhibiting what a helpful asset the 28-year-old might be shifting ahead for Barcelona if he completes a transfer to the summer time.