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Deco will have a big challenge to secure permanent transfers of Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo

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Barcelona had a hectic deadline day in the recently concluded summer transfer window. In addition to selling a host of players, the Blaugranas completed two significant loan acquisitions – the Portuguese duo of Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo.

Both players arrived on a season-long loan with no option to purchase. Interestingly, the purchase clause had to be omitted because of Barcelona’s precarious economic situation, and it appears that they are already regretting their stars.

Fine starts

Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo debuted together for Barcelona, coming off the bench in the team’s 2-1 win over Osasuna. 

They then made their first start together for the Catalans, featuring in the XI to face Real Betis last weekend. On the night, both players delivered masterclasses and scored their first goals in the Azulgrana colours.

The team’s most recent game in the UEFA Champions League once again saw the new signings dominate the proceedings. Felix finished the game with two goals and an assist while the right-back significantly enhanced the buildup play down the flank.

Deco’s latest worry

Deco to have a big challenge. (Photo by PAU BARRENA/AFP via Getty Images)

Just two full games into the duo’s incorporation, Barcelona are already worrying about the problem they will face next summer as revealed by SPORT.

Both Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo suddenly appear untouchable in the team setup and it is difficult to come to terms with the fact that they will leave the club next June.

Both players do not see eye to eye with their parent clubs and have no future there. Yet, both Atletico Madrid and Manchester City will make it difficult for Barcelona to sign the stars without a massive transfer fee.

The report thus states that Deco’s task for next summer is set to be gargantuan.

Felix and Cancelo’s contracts with Atleti and City run until 2029 and 2027 respectively, giving Barcelona little to no leverage over a permanent transfer. And neither club will make it easy for the Blaugrana.

They can, indeed, bid for a permanent move. However, such an operation would run into figures that the board cannot afford in today’s day.

Every good performance could potentially take the players farther away from Barcelona.

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