Date published: Wednesday 15th April 2020 7:25
Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo has failed to settle in to life in England and is ‘crazy’ about leaving the club at the end of the season, according to reports coming out of Spain.
Cancelo joined City from Juventus on a five-year deal in August 2019 for £58.5million as part of a deal that saw Danilo move the other way.
Having featured heavily for Juventus as they won Serie A once again in 2018/19, Cancelo was expected to come in and provide serious competition to Kyle Walker who is City’s only other senior right-back.
That hasn’t quite worked out though, with the Portuguese international limited to just 11 Premier League appearances this season, with three of those coming from the bench, as Walker has kept a firm grip on the right-back position.
And a report coming from Spanish outlet Sport, cited on Sport Witness, suggests a reason for that could be due to Cancelo being unhappy with life in Manchester and struggling to adapt to the style of football played in England.
Sport’s article goes on to suggest that Cancelo is desperate to sign for Barcelona in the next transfer window after failing to secure a switch there during his time with Valencia, and that the Camp Nou was his preferred destination even when signing for City last summer.
Nelson Semedo is standing in his way at the Catalan club, however it is thought that there is the potential for a deal similar to the one that saw Cancelo and Danilo swap clubs last year to take place again here, although it would have to be on Barcelona’s terms.
Semedo has established himself as the first choice option on the right side of Barca’s defence since joining from Benfica in 2017, and the club’s coaching staff are happy with his performances and would be happy to keep him.
However, with his contract set to run out in June 2022 and an extension yet to be agreed upon, the La Liga giants may consider allowing him to leave for the Etihad with Cancelo and an additional transfer fee coming their way.
The report adds that a straight player swap has been ruled out as Barca consider Cancelo to be a ‘problem player’ for Pep Guardiola, while they are happy with Semedo so would require a fee as a sweetener in the deal.
Meanwhile, City’s neighbours Manchester United are preparing a huge bid to land Kalidou Koulibaly when the transfer market reopens.