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Joao Cancelo: Portuguese defender Cancelo joins La Liga champions FC Barcelona, loaned from Manchester City with a buy-out option

Joao Cancelo has finally turned his eyes towards La Liga defending champions FC Barcelona, as the Portuguese international is set to join the Catalan club, according to football transfer mogul Fabrizio Romano. He would be joining the Spanish side for a loan from Pep’s Manchester City, with an option to buy for the Catalan giants.

Joao Cancelo to Barcelona-here we go

Joao Cancelo, who has been touted as one of the greatest active right-backs in the world, has finally decided to ply his trade with Catalan champions FC Barcelona. A rumor which was on the speculations on air since many weeks, has finally come true for Culers as it would prove to be a key signing for Xavi and his brigade. Although Cancelo was once considered untouchable owing to his exploits on the right wingback, which involved frequent penetrations in the opponent defense causing havoc in their wall, he fell down the pecking order for Pep Guardiola, and as a result, he was loaned to German champions FC Bayern Munich, where he spent the second half of last season. For Bayern, he continued his knack of winning titles, as Bayern snatched the Bundesliga trophy from arch-rivals Borussia Dortmund owing to a screamer from youngster Jamal Musiala.

As Romano ended a lengthy rumor about Cancelo’s signing, Barcelona fans will be rejoicing about their new star signing as Cancelo would promise to bring his class and speed to the side. With him, Xavi could plan of a different approach to his defensive backline, probably going with Araujo and Christensen on the central defense, accompanied by Balde and Cancelo on the flanks.

A key player

Although the negotiation procedures between Barcelona and Manchester City was stalled due to the shackles of Financial Fair Play which have dogged Barcelona, a breakthrough was achieved earlier this month, where both the legendary clubs have decided for a loan option with a chance to buy the Portuguese international for 25 million euros, provided several conditions are met. As of the present scenario, everything seems to be sorted as transfer pundit Fabrizio Romano has stamped his trademark “Here we go” on his official post, confirming the situation.

According to Spanish journalist Gerard Romero, Cancelo’s medical has been scheduled tomorrow as he is reported to leave for Barcelona tonight, with officially visiting the Catalan ground tomorrow.

With Cancelo’s addition, Barcelona could breathe a sigh of relief as they have been struggling for a right-back since their top performer Dani Alves had left the club. Last night, against Villareal, their defensive right-back frailties were exposed after they conceded 3 goals, with Barcelona skipper, Sergi Roberto, who was deployed at that position last night, receiving a hearing from boss Xavi. Cancelo comes in big-time for the Catalan giants as he has proved his mettle in big games, thus being an established performer at the big stage. Xavi and his brigade would look to utilize his experience of playing for the heavyweights like Juventus, Bayern Munich and Manchester City, as he might let Cancelo take the field against Osasuna on Sunday.

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