Arsenal and Barcelona ready to battle it out for star with Manchester City ‘ready to sell’ this summer

The two sides can’t keep their hands off Manchester City players

Barcelona and Arsenal are two of the sides interested in signing Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo this summer, with Bayern Munich set to turn down the chance to sign him permanently at the end of his loan spell.

Cancelo fell out with Pep Guardiola at the turn of the year, and was swiftly shipped away from the Etihad, joining Bayern Munich on loan for the remainder of the campaign with an option to buy the full-back at the end of the spell.

However, he has often been overlooked by both Julian Nagelsmann and Thomas Tuchel, starting 11 Bundesliga games but struggling to convince Bayern to take him on for any longer. With other positions a priority, including striker and central midfield, they will not be matching Manchester City’s £60m asking price for the fullback.

His time at the Etihad also appears to be over, with Guardiola having reinvented his side in his absence and Cancelo’s position no longer on offer at Manchester City.

According to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano, City are ‘ready to sell’ the defender, and Arsenal ‘appreciate’ the defender, having already poached duo Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus last summer, though the Premier League runners up may baulk at the hefty price tag.

Also interested in the 29-year-old are Barcelona, another side that have taken an interest in signing Manchester City stars after landing Ferran Torres and Eric Garcia across the last three seasons, as well as having a strong interest in Bernardo Silva and Aymeric Laporte.

However, that depends on how much Barcelona can trim their squad, with the Blaugrana currently under serious financial pressure and unable to comply with La Liga rules, despite winning the competition this season.

The two sides are not set to stop there in their fight in the transfer market, with Mikel Arteta and Xavi looking to go head to head to sign Ilkay Gundogan, yet another Manchester City player but one that could become a free agent in the weeks to come.

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Ben Browning

Ben Browning

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