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Manchester City ‘currently expecting’ double return to the Club this summer



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Those within Manchester City are currently expecting the returns of two players to the football club this summer, following respective loan agreements in Europe.

Joao Cancelo is currently in the midst of his second loan spell away from Manchester City, after falling out of favour under Pep Guardiola mid-way through the eventual Treble-winning season of 2022/23.

After a six-month stay with Bundesliga giants Bayern Munich during the second-half of last season, Cancelo returned for pre-season duties with Manchester City in Asia, before penning a season-long loan move to FC Barcelona.

In the Premier League, Kalvin Phillips brought an end to his challenging time with City by joining West Ham United in the most recent January transfer market, moving to the London Stadium until the end of the ongoing season.

While both players’ long-term City futures appear rather bleak, a new report has detailed that they are likely to return to the Etihad Stadium in the summer following their time away, amid problems over either club making the temporary arrangements permanent.

That is according to the information of Manchester City insider ‘Tolmie’s Hairdoo’ on X, who reports that the Premier League champions ‘currently expect’ both Kalvin Phillips and João Cancelo to return to the club this summer following their loan deals at West Ham and Barcelona respectively.

For Barcelona, the La Liga side are known to be struggling with finances and may have issues financing a permanent move for Cancelo at the price tag being outlined by Manchester City bosses.

It is widely understood and reported in Spanish media that the Premier League champions could look for a fee in the region of €50 million, largely as a result of the favourable contractual situation Cancelo finds himself in at the Etihad Stadium.

As for Kalvin Phillips, the Englishman’s performances have been underwhelming since joining David Moyes’ squad in East London, and barring a significant uplift in standards, the Hammers may decline the opportunity to recruit the player permanently.