Manchester City left-back Joao Cancelo is set to join Bayern Munich on loan, with the deal ‘likely to include a buy option’, according to David Ornstein.
Despite being one of City’s most consistent performers in recent seasons, the Portuguese international has struggled for game time since the club season resumed in December.
The 28-year-old has not started any of his side’s previous three matches with Rico Lewis, Nathan Ake, John Stones and Kyle Walker being preferred by Pep Guardiola.
There have been some rumours that Guardiola and Cancelo have fallen out, and news of a surprise departure could mean this is true.
Dropping Cancelo is understandable as his form has dipped this season, but Guardiola seems to be willing to cut ties with the player completely instead of giving him another chance.
Ornstein believes the loan is ‘likely to include a buy option’ after Bayern turned their ‘long-term admiration’ into an official offer.
The German giants have failed to win a single game following the World Cup break.
They have drawn all three encounters 1-1 and should Cancelo join before the transfer deadline, he could feature against Mainz in the German Cup a day later, or against Wolfsburg in the Bundesliga on Sunday.
Fabrizio Romano has added that Cancelo has already agreed to join Bayern.
The Bundesliga champions are likely to lose Benjamin Pavard in the summer, while Noussair Mazraoui is out injured, meaning Cancelo will probably play in his natural right-back position at the Allianz Arena.
Alvarez told El Chiringuito TV that the 28-year-old’s teammates Ilkay Gundogan, Kyle Walker, Aymeric Laporte and Bernardo Silva are all “unhappy with Guardiola”.
Either he has got this spot on or he is one for five, with Cancelo poised to leave the club.
Alvarez did claim that Barcelona were ready to sign all five players, because obviously they are.
Who knows? Cancelo’s exit could be the start of a mass exodus and a decade of domination from Arsenal.
All I do know is that I will miss Cancelo’s beautiful outside-of-the-boot crosses.