João Cancelo’s hopes of a move to Bayern Munich were concrete for the first time on Sunday with the club receiving a signal regarding the potential opportunity to get him.
But such things don’t happen from one moment to another. Indeed, Hasan Salihamidži? has been trying to get the player for the last four years; he’s been keeping an eye on the defender ever since his time with Juventus, and of course at City.
When he wasn’t playing any more for the latter – that became the ideal point to get him. I heard that Pep Guardiola was a little bit afraid of Cancelo making trouble in City, so that was why he was ready to talk about the prospect of giving him away.
[Cancelo in action for Bayern Munich during the DFB Pokal tie with Mainz – (Photo by THOMAS KIENZLE/AFP /AFP via Getty Images)]
It’s quite telling that Bayern haven’t paid a single euro for the loan – it’s completely free until the summer (barring salary), so it’s a huge coup for the club. Also, they now have the chance to buy him in the summer. A win-win situation for both sides.
There is the option-to-buy of £61.5m to consider. It’s a lot of money for such a player, but if you know Bayern have to think about selling Benjamin Pavard in the summer, they’ll get money to invest directly back into the position, so it wouldn’t be as expensive.
It’s true – there was an offer from Inter Milan for Pavard, which Bayern confirmed for me. Bayern immediately said there was no chance of giving the player away as they need him to meet their big targets for the current campaign.
It wasn’t a hard one to take for Pavard anyway as Inter isn’t his No.1 choice; he still has eyes for Barcelona and there’s a big connection still. Nobody knows if they have the money to buy him in the summer, of course, but this remains his top target for a move.
Bayern also showed Benjamin that he remains an important part of the club’s plans despite Cancelo’s arrival. Already in the cup on Wednesday, they…