Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has returned from his loan spell at Bayern Munich but faces an uncertain future at the Etihad Stadium. Journalist Paul Brown has labeled him a “complete liability,” raising questions about his long-term prospects with the club.
Strained Relationship with Guardiola and Potential Departure
Reports indicate a strained relationship between Cancelo and manager Pep Guardiola, further diminishing the chances of the Portuguese full-back securing a future at Manchester City. It is likely that the club will look to offload him during the summer transfer window.
Cancelo’s time at Manchester City showcased both impressive and disappointing spells. While he had a brilliant period, he experienced a decline in form, leading to his loan move. Brown acknowledges Cancelo’s previous success but emphasizes his recent struggles, making his potential fit at Arsenal uncertain.
Potential Replacement and Interest for Joao Cancelo
Manager Pep Guardiola has already adjusted the team’s defensive setup, with Nathan Ake featuring prominently at left-back and John Stones occupying the opposite side.
With Guardiola experimenting with different defensive setups in Cancelo’s absence, Manchester City is reportedly close to signing RB Leipzig’s Josko Gvardiol as a potential replacement. Meanwhile, Arsenal has shown interest in Cancelo, although their focus is currently on other targets. Barcelona has also been linked with a move for the Portuguese full-back, with Cancelo’s agent Jorge Mendes reportedly in talks with the Catalan club.
Barcelona’s Transfer Developments
In other transfer news, Barcelona has offered Juventus the opportunity to sign Eric Garcia and Clement Lenglet. Barca sees them surplus to requirements after securing the signing of Inigo Martinez. However, financial constraints have forced Barcelona to rule out a bid for Cancelo, leading them to explore alternative options. One such option, right-back Ivan Fresneda, has seen Barcelona cool their interest, deeming his €10m price tag too high.
As the transfer window continues, the future of Joao Cancelo remains uncertain. Whether he finds a new club at Arsenal, Barcelona, or elsewhere. It seems apparent that his time at Manchester City has come to an end.
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