Report: Barcelona looking at a third Manchester City player, Guardiola said he is playing ‘incredibly well’
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Report: Barcelona looking at a third Manchester City player, Guardiola said he is playing 'incredibly well'

Eurosport claim that Barcelona are keeping tabs on a third Manchester City player ahead of January – in the form of defender Joao Cancelo.

Cancelo, 27, is arguably one of the first names on the team sheet at the moment. After a tricky start at City, he is now one of their best players.

Whether he is operating at right-back, on his weaker side at left-back, or in the middle of the park – the Portugal star is changing games time after time.

The 31-time Portugal international has already clocked up 20 appearances for Manchester City this season. He has had a hand in eight goals.

Scoring two, he has laid on six assists and helped City keep eight clean sheets. Little surprise then, that he is attracting interest from other clubs.

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Eurosport state that Barcelona have taken a look – along with their long-standing interest in Ferran Torres and Raheem Sterling. A move is unlikely.

The report states as such, due to Barcelona’s lack of financial clout. Cancelo has a contract until 2025, costing City a huge £60million in the first place.

Barcelona eye Cancelo: Manchester City star is going nowhere

Even if Barcelona could afford the Portuguese star, why would Cancelo leave one of the favourites for the Champions League and Premier League?

Barcelona are miles off where they once were, undergoing a transition period with new manager and Nou Camp legend Xavi.

For Sterling and Torres, a move to Barcelona makes more sense given a lack of game time and Torres’ Spanish roots. But for Cancelo, he should stay.

Manchester City would be against his exit too, not least because Pep Guardiola told the club’s site in November: “He is playing incredibly well.”

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