Manchester City verbally agree to sell world-class defender for £30m

Joao Cancelo of FC Barcelona (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images)
Joao Cancelo of FC Barcelona (Photo by Eric Alonso/Getty Images) /

Manchester City have verbally agreed to sell their star defender to Barcelona for a measly fee of around £30m. Pep Guardiola has replaced him already.

Surprise surprise, Manchester City have had the perfect start to the season. Not only do they sit top of the Premier League, but they have also won the Super Cup and won their opening Champions League fixture.

For Pep Guardiola, his only object is to progress from last season. Unfortunately for the Spanish manager, this would entail winning the quadruple. As good as his side is, you wouldn’t tip any side of winning the quadruple.

Man City lost some key players in the summer transfer window but importantly, they signed some better upgrades. One player who it was a surprise to not see sold was Joao Cancelo. Instead, he was sent on loan to Barcelona.

Barcelona verbally agree to sign Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo

According to El Chiringuito TV, Barcelona have verbally agreed to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City on a permanent deal. The rumoured fee is expected to be around £30m (€35m).

For a player of Cancelo’s exploits, this £30m fee seems to be somewhat measly. He is certainly one of the best defenders in the world and given his versatility, he should be worth a lot more. Still, at this point, I’m sure that Pep just wants the saga to be over with, so he’s happy to accept a cut-price, particularly to his former club.

Manchester City come up against Newcastle in the Carabao Cup tonight. It will be a difficult match against last season’s finalists, but Pep Guardiola’s side are the favourites.

Do you think Manchester City selling Joao Cancelo is a good or bad thing?