Barcelona faces competition from Arsenal in the pursuit of Joao Cancelo

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Ongoing discussions persist between Barcelona and Manchester City regarding a possible loan arrangement for Joao Cancelo. However, it has come to light that Arsenal has also initiated negotiations with the full-back, as per reports.

Cancelo experienced an abrupt loss of favor at Manchester City last season. Thus, leading to him concluding the campaign on loan at Bayern Munich. The 29-year-old participated in pre-season activities under Pep Guardiola’s management. However, he is absent in the matchday squads for the Community Shield, Premier League opener, or UEFA Super Cup fixtures.

The emergence of young home-grown talent Rico Lewis has contributed to this situation. City recently secured the 18-year-old’s services by signing him to a new long-term contract that extends until the summer of 2028, a development that played a role in the decisions involving Cancelo.

Barcelona is in urgent need of a right back

With the departure of Jordi Alba from Camp Nou and the ongoing absence of a dedicated right-back, Barcelona has expressed longstanding interest in recruiting Cancelo. His versatility has made him an appealing target for the club.

According to information from 90min, it has been revealed that the player has come to terms on personal conditions with Barcelona, despite attracting attention from the Saudi Pro League. His desire is to join the Catalan side. However, discussions between the clubs regarding the specifics of a potential agreement are still an unresolved matter.

Time sensitivity is also a factor for Barcelona in relation to Cancelo. Information from 90min indicates that Arsenal is emerging as a potential threat. As they have already engaged in discussions with the player’s representatives.

Arsenal previously invested £40 million to address their right-back concerns by acquiring Jurrien Timber from Ajax earlier this summer. Timber exhibited a promising beginning before being sidelined by a substantial knee injury that necessitated surgery. Given their prior interest in Cancelo and the imperative to replace Timber, Arsenal may consider revisiting the transfer market for further solutions.

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