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Manchester City rule out move for Barcelona star with huge implications for loanee’s transfer ambitions



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Manchester City have cooled interest in Barcelona star Alejandro Balde, throwing a potential permanent exit for Joao Cancelo into major doubt.

Pep Guardiola could have looked at boosting his squad from Barcelona’s pool of young talent next summer, as the Catalan club seek to finance a deal to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on a permanent basis.

The treble-winners have been linked with a number of players from the La Liga giants, with Cancelo and Ilkay Gundogan having both moved to the Spotify Camp Nou from the Etihad Stadium during the summer transfer window.

Barcelona left-back Alejandro Balde was amongst the Barcelona players linked with Manchester City, despite the 20-year-old having a €1 billion release clause and signing a long-term contract until 2028 just last year.

The Spaniard has made 17 La Liga appearances and featured in all six Champions League Group Stage matches so far this season, having been at Barcelona since 2011.

Balde had emerged as a potential Barcelona player that could be used as a part of a swap-deal for the signing of Cancelo, however Manchester City have ruled out making a move for the young defender.

Sport Witness relay a report claiming that the Sky Blues have ‘completely stopped’ their pursuit of the 20-year-old, resulting in a cash-only offer being required to sanction the permanent sale of Cancelo.

Manchester City are ‘not going to bid’ for Balde, having opted to end their interest in the left-back – and likely started to consider alternative targets.

Sergio Gomez is currently the only recognised left-back at Manchester City, but both Josko Gvardiol and Nathan Ake regularly occupy the position.

Barcelona are hopeful of completing a deal to sign Cancelo next summer, with the Portugal international having dramatically quit Manchester City last January, following a rumoured training ground bust-up.

The 29-year-old initially moved to Bayern Munich before signing for Barcelona on a season-long loan.