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Joao Cancelo signs for Bayern Munich and will leave Man City in summer

Joao Cancelo COMPLETES his loan move to Bayern Munich and will NOT return to Manchester City this summer after Pep Guardiola bust-up – with a £61m permanent deal likely

Joao Cancelo has completed his deadline day loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City.

It is understood the Portuguese star will not be returning to the Etihad in the summer, with Bayern Munich holding a £61million option to buy at the end of the season.

Sportsmail exclusively revealed on Monday that Cancelo had a heated training ground bust-up with City boss Pep Guardiola, which prompted the full-back to seek an exit.

Joao Cancelo has completed his deadline day loan to Bayern Munich from Manchester City

The confrontation occurred after Cancelo was snubbed during Manchester City’s FA Cup fourth round victory against Arsenal on Friday, having fallen down the pecking order at the Etihad despite an exceptional campaign last term.

The full-back has voiced his frustration in recent weeks, disappointed at a lack of game time under Guardiola, and is believed to have become disruptive within the Premier League champions’ dressing room.

The Spanish boss, whose side sit five points behind league leaders Arsenal in the title race, saw his relationship with Cancelo deteriorate during the World Cup in Qatar.

Cancelo leaves in his wake a shortage of wide defensive options for Guardiola to stress over, with Kyle Walker, youngster Rico Lewis and summer newcomer Sergio Gomez the only recognised full-backs at the Etihad as it stands.

Nathan Ake has deputised fruitfully as a left-back at times this season but, with an intense title race against Arsenal to come, City fans would be forgiven for wanting extra improvements in that position before the end of Tuesday’s transfer deadline. 

However, it is believed the Etihad chiefs will not strengthen at full-back before the window slams shut, confident with the options available and pleased with the development of teenager Lewis.


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