The arrival of Joao Cancelo at FC Barcelona during this year’s summer transfer market was one of the most exciting moves. However, the expectations generated by this signing now raise questions about his future at the Catalan club.
Deco, Barcelona’s sporting director, has expressed doubts about Cancelo’s continuity. The Portuguese player is on loan at Barcelona until the end of the current season, after which he would return to Manchester City, the club that owns his contract.
Despite Cancelo’s outstanding performance during his loan spell at Barcelona, Deco has stated that it is too early to discuss his future at the club. While many expect his stay at Barcelona to be extended, no details have been finalized regarding a possible permanent transfer.
The player has had a brilliant start to the season at Barcelona and has shown exceptional skills, which has raised expectations among the fans. However, during his time at Manchester City, he was not considered an indispensable player by Pep Guardiola.
The loan agreement between Manchester City and Barcelona is valid for only one year and does not include a purchase option. Furthermore, Cancelo’s contract with Manchester City expires in the summer of 2025, which could open the door to a possible early departure from the English club to join Barcelona permanently.
Despite rumors suggesting an agreement between Barcelona and Manchester City to finalize Cancelo’s transfer next summer for a fee close to 35 million euros, no official information has been provided. Sporting director Deco has remained silent on this speculation, maintaining a mystery surrounding the future of the talented Portuguese full-back at Barcelona. The uncertainty about Cancelo’s destination will continue to be a topic of interest in the football world as the season progresses.