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Barcelona intensifying interest in 28-year-old Portuguese international

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Despite missing out on him during the January transfer window, Barcelona appear to have been given renewed hopes of signing Joao Cancelo in the coming summer.

The 28-year-old right-back, who joined Bayern Munich on a loan deal after a falling out at Manchester City, has struggled in his new endeavour. After initially making a good start to his career at Bayern, the defender has fallen out of favor under Julian Nagelsmann.

This has led to renewed speculations over his future, with Real Madrid and Barcelona emerging as two potential suitors for the Portuguese international.

According to SPORT, Barcelona have even intensified their interest in Cancelo recently. The Catalans are determined to secure a new right-back in the coming summer, with the Manchester City and Portugal star emerging as the ideal option.

Barça’s interest in the player comes in the backdrop of Hector Bellerin departing the club in January. Not to mention, the club have had to rely on Jules Kounde at right-back, despite the player’s desire to play as a central defender.

But with Cancelo likely to be available on the market yet again, Barcelona have an opportunity to carry out a potential coup.

The report suggests Manchester City have no desire to keep hold of Cancelo after he returns from his loan spell in Bavaria. As such, the Premier League giants are prepared to offload the Portuguese international on a cut-price deal.

This should be of great interest to Barcelona. However, it must be noted that the Catalans are not in a position to spend a fortune on any player in the summer and may have to rely on a loan deal, if they are to bag the services of Cancelo.

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