• June 7, 2023
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Transfer expert Fabrizio Romano has exclusively revealed to GIVEMESPORT that Arsenal has Joao Cancelo, Manchester City’s full-back, on their list for a potential summer transfer. With the Gunners aiming to strengthen Mikel Arteta’s squad in preparation for the Premier League and Champions League campaigns, talks have reportedly taken place regarding a move for the versatile full-back.

Cancelo, who spent the second half of the previous season on loan at Bayern Munich, did not see his £60 million buy option exercised by the Bundesliga giants. Recent reports suggest that Manchester City may be open to selling Cancelo for a fee of around €40 million (£34.6 million), indicating a potential departure from the Etihad this summer.

According to Romano, Arsenal faces tough competition in their pursuit of Cancelo, with Barcelona also expressing interest in the former Juventus player. However, Romano suggests that Barcelona’s financial situation, prioritizing Lionel Messi’s future, and discussions surrounding Financial Fair Play could slow down their potential move for Cancelo. If negotiations with Arsenal falter, Barcelona could swoop in and secure the full-back’s services.

Cancelo’s signing would be a significant boost for Arsenal, as they aim to compete across multiple competitions in the upcoming season. The Portuguese international brings a wealth of experience, having made 154 appearances for Manchester City and achieved success in domestic competitions. Standing at 6 feet tall, Cancelo ranks among the top performers in his position across Europe’s top five leagues, as well as in the Champions League and Europa League. He excels in assists, progressive carries, and successful take-ons per 90 minutes, according to FBref.

Overall, Cancelo’s arrival would provide Arteta with a formidable option on either side of the defense, bolstering Arsenal’s pursuit of Premier League glory.