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Barcelona set to sign Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo

Barcelona set to sign Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo

Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo is expected to travel to Spain later tonight to undergo a medical and complete his long-anticipated transfer to Barcelona.

Italian transfer guru Fabrizio Romano reports that both clubs have finally sorted out the paperwork required to finalise the transfer, and the deal is expected to be rubber-stamped today.

Barca will sign Cancelo on an initial loan deal, which features a purchase option that can be activated by the Spanish champions at the end of the season.

Other reports claim the finances surrounding the purported purchase option stands at €30 million and will be activated automatically if Cancelo features in 70% of Barca’s official games this season.

Barca have been keen to sign a specialised right-back since the transfer window opened, with Jules Kounde informing Xavi Hernandez of his desire to return to his preferred centre-back role.

Xavi was determined to land Cancelo’s signature this summer, defying sporting director Deco, who wanted the Catalan giants to move for Real Valladolid’s Ivan Fresneda instead.

Deco viewed the 18-year-old, who has now joined Portuguese outfit Sporting CP, as a long-term investment in the right-back slot and is experienced enough to contribute to the first team this season.

However, Xavi wanted the more experienced Cancelo, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich after falling out of favour at Man City.

Cancelo returns to the Spanish top flight for the first time since departing Valencia permanently five years ago and will hope his move to Barca helps revitalise his career.

His arrival at Spotify Camp Nou could also facilitate the departure of his Spanish counterpart Marcos Alonso, who only joined the La Liga heavyweights on a free transfer last summer.

Alonso has emerged as a target for Manchester United, who are looking for cover at left-back after losing Luke Shaw and Tyrell Malacia to injury.

The Red Devils have reportedly launched a loan bid for the 32-year-old, who is now poised to return to the Premier League just one year after leaving Chelsea.

 

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