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Manchester City agree to €35 million ‘verbal clause’ to sell first-team star next summer



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Barcelona have a ‘verbal clause’ in place to sign Joao Cancelo on a permanent deal from Manchester City next summer, according to a new report.

The Portugal international full-back secured his second successive loan move away from Manchester City during the most recent summer transfer window following a six-month spell with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich during the second-half of last season.

Barcelona very quickly emerged as the most likely destination for the multi-Premier League winning defender, despite widespread interest from Saudi Arabia and a late enquiry from Bayern Munich to re-sign their former player.

However, while a deal was ultimately agreed upon between Barcelona and Manchester City, late changes to the format of the season-long loan agreement saw an obligation to buy the player next summer dropped.

Now, according to the information of Jose Alvarez reporting to El Chiringuito in Spain, it is stated that Joao Cancelo only wants to play for La Liga champions FC Barcelona in 2024 – when his current loan agreement from the Etihad Stadium expires.

It is further detailed by Alvarez that there is a ‘verbal clause’ in place between the two clubs that would see Barcelona sign Joao Cancelo on a permanent transfer next summer for a fee of €35 million.

Joao Cancelo’s breakdown in relations between himself, Pep Guardiola, and Manchester City as a club is likely to mean that the reigning Champions of Europe are unlikely to stand in the way of any departure next summer.

So far this season, the 29-year-old has made four appearance for Barcelona across all competitions, scoring two goals and providing one assist – all of which have come in La Liga action.

As for Manchester City, they have shown no sign of missing Cancelo either, having won all six of their opening six Premier League matches, and winning the Treble since the Portugal international first departed on a loan move last January.