Barcelona identify two current stars as swap options for Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo
The Portuguese defender struggled to break into Pep Guardiola’s side in the 2019/2020 season following his arrival from Juventus, but last season he won praise for his creativity at left-back.
However, Kyle Walker’s return to form and Oleksandr Zinchenko’s reliability ultimately got Joao Cancelo back on the bench for the end of the season – including the Champions League final.
Barcelona may now be trying to capitalize on the defender’s potential displeasure at Manchester City and aim for a “FFP exchange“okay, say Castles.
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Two players have been offered to Manchester City – Sergi Roberto represents an equal exchange, but France international Ousmane Dembele has also been made available and offers the Premier League side to strengthen in attack.
Dembele hasn’t lived up to his huge price tag since signing for Barca in 2017, but at 24, maybe Pep Guardiola could be tempted to try and develop the pace forward.
It is not yet known whether Joao Cancelo would want to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, or if he wants to fight for his place.
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However, it’s easy to imagine that he might be tempted to follow in Eric Garcia and Sergio Aguero’s footsteps by signing for the Catalan side, should an offer be accepted.
As for Manchester City’s interest in the deal, Pep Guardiola would likely prefer a straightforward swap involving Sergi Roberto, especially since he’s already in the market for a renowned striker, with Harry Kane and Erling Haaland both most likely candidates.
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