Bayern Munich manager Julian Nagelsmann is reportedly keen on making an audacious move for Manchester City mainstay Joao Cancelo in the summer, as per SPORTBILD.
Cancelo, 27, has been a revelation for the defending champions in the backline. Despite being deployed in an unnatural left-back position, the Portuguese international has emerged as one of the best if not the best, in the Premier League this season. He has amassed 3 goals and 5 assists in 30 appearances across all competitions.
As a result, the Bavarians are said to be considering to make a spirited move for the full-back, despite the 27-year-old recently penning down a new deal at the Etihad, claims the source.
Cancelo seems to be one of the ‘dream players’ of Nagelsmann to bolster his Bayern attack. The source further adds that the Bavarian manager is a ‘big fan’ of the Portuguese offensive defender.
Cancelo has been an integral part of the City’s backline. Along with the likes of Kyle Walker, Ruben Dias, and Aymeric Laporte, the Skyblues boast of one of the most potent defensive quartets in Europe.
The Benfica youth academy product is known for his attacking prowess and the ball distribution, not forgetting the pace with which he sets up counterattacks. The former Juventus man has been the most consistent player in the left-back position in the five and half year tenure of Guardiola which speaks volumes about his versatility.
However, the possibility of transfer has been deemed to be absolutely ‘impossible’ following Joao Cancelo’s recent contract extension, keeping him at the Etihad until 2027, the source concludes.
The prospect of playing for Bayern itself indicates the player’s potential to be at the highest level and it’s not one to be rejected given the legacy of the German giants. But, as Cancelo claimed that Manchester City is the best place and there is ‘nowhere better to play football’, it is difficult to see him playing elsewhere but at Manchester.
With that said, Cancelo’s future is as settled as possible at the Etihad, looking on course for a second Premier League title on the bounce.