Manchester City fullback Joao Cancelo set to join Bayern Munich on loan
Manchester City’s right-back Joao Cancelo is all set to join Bayern Munich on loan with an option to buy for €70 million.
Manchester City to allow Cancelo to leave for Bayern on loan deal (Reuters Photo)
By India Today Web Desk: Manchester City’s Joao Cancelo may have played his final game for the Premier League giants as the Portugal fullback is said to have visited Bayern Munich ahead of a possible loan move to the German champions, who would have the option to buy the defender for 70 million euros ($76 million).
Cancelo is a versatile attacking defender who has played an important role for City in recent seasons but has fallen out of favour with manager Pep Guardiola since the World Cup. Cancelo has started only three of City’s nine games in all competitions since domestic play resumed in late December following the Qatar tournament.
After allowing Cancelo to leave Serie A for the Premier League giants in 2019, Juventus signed full-back Danilo from Manchester City for a fee of £34.1 million. The star defender has been named in the Premier League and Serie A Teams of the Year. In his first season at Etihad, the Portugal international made 33 appearances. Cancelo, regarded as one of the best full-backs in the world, had a productive 2021-2022 season with Manchester City.
Nathan Ake has been preferred over Cancelo at left-back, while 18-year-old Rico Lewis has established himself as a competition for Kyle Walker at right-back. Neither Manchester City nor Bayern Munich have officially commented on any Cancelo deal. The transfer window in Europe closes on Tuesday.
Cancelo will be allowed to leave Man City because of his “disruptive presence” in the Etihad dressing room, according to a report published by Daily Mail. Cancelo has expressed his dissatisfaction with Manchester City’s lack of playing time. According to the report, Cancelo and manager Guardiola’s bond abruptly soured following the FIFA World Cup 2022.