Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has reportedly decided that Joao Cancelo will leave the club permanently this summer.
This week, Cancelo returned to the Etihad Stadium following his loan spell at Bayern Munich. The 29-year-old left for Bavaria on the January transfer deadline, seeking more first-team football.
Under Thomas Tuchel, Cancelo made 21 appearances, scoring one goal and providing four assists. One of these games was against City in the Champions League and saw the Portuguese defender booed by sections of the home support.
Guardiola explained that the boos were only for playing against City, but it seems Blues fans have seen the last of him in Manchester. According to The Athletic’s Sam Lee on the Let Me Talk podcast, Cancelo is destined to leave permanently.
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He explained: “All I know is they don’t plan for him to be there [pre-season tour] not at all. They don’t want him there at all.
“But I just think if it’s not resolved in the next few weeks it could get a bit tricky. I mean once they go to Japan they can say, ‘Stay behind to work on a transfer’, but if there is actually nothing, for example he does nothing for two weeks, then it is a bit more difficult.”
Elsewhere, Mundo Deportivo understands that Arsenal and Juventus are interested in signing Aymeric Laporte this summer. The 29-year-old has two years left on his contract, but speculation suggests he could be sold in this transfer window.
After lifting the Premier League after the win over Chelsea, Laporte was visibly emotional, leading to suggestions he could head for the exit. If he joined the Gunners, the former Athletic Bilbao man would join his former coach Mikel Arteta and ex-City stars Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus.
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