The final phase of the transfer market focuses on the intense battle between FC Barcelona and Arsenal for the services of João Cancelo, the coveted Portuguese full-back. Although there could be further movement, all efforts of both teams are focused on this key game.
According to sources close to the player, talks between FC Barcelona and João Cancelo are at an advanced stage, however Arsenal have thrown themselves into the equation, according to the Daily Mail. The London club have expressed an interest in the flanking talent but have asked for time to manage some departures before negotiations continue.
This clash between Barca and Arsenal has caused uncertainty about João Cancelo’s future. Although Cancelo’s current club Manchester City appear more inclined to sell than divest him, talks are underway with FC Barcelona and there is cautious optimism. Inside sources at the Catalan club assure that an agreement with the player is close and remain confident that the negotiations will not be complicated.
Barça want Mendes to intercede for them
However, FC Barcelona is under pressure to close operations in record time. The club have informed Jorge Mendes, Cancelo’s representative, that he won’t wait forever for the full-back’s reply. A critical juncture in the negotiations is expected as Mendes is set to meet with Manchester City officials in what could prove crucial.
Despite the economic disagreements surrounding the transfer fee and the price of the purchase option, FC Barcelona remains hopeful of overcoming these hurdles. Sources within the club confirm that the differences are negotiable and an agreement is within reach.