Barcelona leading Arsenal in the race for Premier League defender

It appears that Arsenal’s hopes of signing Man City defender Joao Cancelo have been dashed, as Barcelona is currently engaged in negotiations to secure the Portugal international.

Arsenal had been keen on acquiring Cancelo for some time, and he was expected to be their next signing from Manchester City. However, City was hesitant to let another player move to Arsenal after previously selling Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to the Gunners.

City understands that their players could significantly strengthen Mikel Arteta’s team and are no longer interested in aiding a direct rival by allowing such transfers.

This situation gives Barcelona the advantage, and according to a report in the Daily Mail, the Catalan club is already in serious talks to bring Cancelo to their squad. Barcelona is preparing for the potential departure of Ousmane Dembele, who is expected to join Paris Saint-Germain.

As negotiations progress, it remains to be seen whether Cancelo will ultimately join Barcelona, leaving Arsenal to explore other options to bolster their defence.

Just Arsenal Opinion

It is sad that we will not get Cancelo because he is a player we can trust to deliver top performances whenever he is on the pitch.

Because he has spent most of his time at City, he will not struggle to adjust to the demands of the Premier League.

However, we have to move on and target other players now as we bid to impress in the next campaign.

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  1. Mustafi 2.0. Just watch what Mu Salah did to him in the October game last year at Anfield. Ok, it’s the best counter attack I ever seen. Wow! Still, Cancelo isn’t worth paying for.

  2. At his age of 28 , he is only worth £20 million as the fullback position requires high energy and a lot of running. He has about two years at most before he becomes a liability and has no pace, which is a big part of his game. Only a short term punt at £20 million no more.

    1. Daveg, Kyle Walker is 5 years older than Cancello and is probably still the fastest defender in the EPL.That apart Cancello is not a player Arsenal should buy.

      1. Grandad, Walker is clearly an exception to the rule – his pace probably has a lot to do with genetics . There are practically no footballers who are that fast at that age.

  3. This is interesting, because as I understand the situation, Barcelona will have a real difficulty in registering Cancelo, let alone buying him and paying him a salary.

    It seems that some of the companies Barcelona have done business with recently now want to renegotiate their contracts to the detriment of Barcelona.

    This will put further financial constraints on the club.

    It will be interesting to see how this develops.

    Oddly, I read recently that Man City were willing to keep Cancelo after a reconciliation between him and Pep.

    More to come?

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