Bayern Munich want Joao Cancelo on loan with option to buy

Bay­ern Munich wants to sign Man­ches­ter City defend­er Joao Cancelo.

Sun­sport revealed last week that sev­er­al clubs are mon­i­tor­ing the sit­u­a­tion of the ex-Juven­tus man who has been dis­placed at the Etihad.

AC Milan were among them, but Bay­ern made progress over the week­end and ini­tial­ly appeared con­fi­dent of sign­ing the Por­tuguese play­er on loan.

An option to buy the 28-year-old Can­ce­lo at the end of the sea­son for around £61.5m is known to be included.

That would mean a small prof­it on the play­er he signed for ÂŁ60m three-and-a-half years ago.

Still, full-backs are known to have prob­lems, so it would be a sur­prise deal for City.

But his City career has stalled since return­ing from the World Cup last month.

He start­ed in the defeats to Southamp­ton and Man­ches­ter Unit­ed, but missed the next two games.

His only start since his restart was against Chelsea, but he was sent off by Pep Guardi­o­la at half-time.

The Eti­had boss­es recent­ly opt­ed to use young Rico Ruiz and cen­tre-back Natan Ake at full-back.

Guardi­o­la called Mr Can­ce­lo ‘Mr Can­ce­lo’ after the game, hint­ing at poten­tial problems.

Can­ce­lo signed a con­tract exten­sion with City 12 months ago and is cur­rent­ly linked to the club until the sum­mer of 2027.

His team­mate Kyle Walk­er is also out this sea­son, with Turkey’s Fener­bahce interested.

Can­ce­lo appears to have brought City’s atten­tion to Bay­ern’s offer, and the cham­pi­ons have decid­ed to listen.

The club is aware that Can­ce­lo would like to play more reg­u­lar­ly and believes he will not be able to play for the Eti­had this season.

Guardi­o­la have used a dif­fer­ent style and for­ma­tion late­ly and don’t think Can­celo’s game suits them better.

The arrival of Rico Ruiz, with his sur­pris­ing speed for Guardi­o­la, pro­vid­ed valu­able cov­er in the full-back area.

City’s only left-back is Span­ish young­ster Ser­gio Gomes, but Nathan Ake and Aymer­ic Laporte are both capa­ble of fill­ing the role.

With the sum­mer sign­ing of Manuel Akan­ji, Pep now has five cen­tre-backs, and remov­ing one is not seen as a big deal.

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