Manchester City, who face Manchester United this afternoon in the Premier League (1:30 p.m.), could see the Portuguese João Cancelo leave in January. The full-back, who has shone since joining the English club in 2019, has had contrasting playing time since returning from the 2022 World Cup.
Will João Cancelo bear the brunt of the hatching of young Rico Lewis (18)? In any case, the 28-year-old Portuguese, passed by Juventus and Inter, plays little in this second part of the season. Indeed, Manchester City has played 6 games since the end of the World Cup in Qatar, and João Cancelo has only been established once. Twice, against Everton in the Premier League and Liverpool in the FA Cup, the full-back didn’t even come on.
According to Telegram, this situation would alert many European clubs, on the lookout for possible dissatisfaction with João Cancelo, who is nevertheless linked to Manchester City until June 2027. Estimated at 70M euros, the Portuguese will not be sold off easily by the English club. According to Defense CentralReal Madrid are particularly interested in recruiting the versatile former Valencian (João Cancelo can play on the left or right of defence).
Guardiola says nothing about João Cancelo
Pep Guardiola, Manchester City coach, was not asked about the subject at a press conference on Friday. Instead, the Spaniard spoke about the derby against Manchester United on Saturday: “It’s always important when it’s against Manchester United, especially in the league. (…) There is a new coach this season at United (Erik ten Hag). The progress is clear, not only in the results. I have the feeling that each time, at Old Trafford or at the Etihad, it was a difficult game. They are always attractive games, both teams want to try to make the game. There are a lot of quality players on both sides, top-notch coaches. It will be a good match.”
A good match, with João Cancelo on the bench?