Real Madrid and Chelsea are interested in a move for Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo, reports Italian outlet Calciomercato.
Not long ago, Cancelo was considered to be one of the world’s finest full-backs. Last season, he played a crucial role in Man City’s sixth Premier League title, scoring once and assisting on seven occasions from 36 appearances.
However, his stock has fallen drastically in recent months. It started at the World Cup, when he lost his place to Diogo Dalot for Portugal’s knockout ties against Switzerland and Morocco.
Then, he was sent out on loan to German giants Bayern Munich, where he has struggled to make an impact.
After starting his first four games at the Allianz Arena, the 28-year-old has been reduced to a rotational role, most recently remaining an unused substitute in his side’s 2-1 victory away at Stuttgart.
The Bavarians have an option to buy for around €70 million at the end of his loan deal. However, it is believed that they will not exercise this clause.
Despite his downturn in fortunes, Cancelo is still a man in demand. According to Calciomercato, Real Madrid and Chelsea could swoop for the Man City defender if he becomes available in the summer.
The Portuguese’s versatility is one factor that makes him appealing to Europe’s top clubs. He has played most of his career as a right-back but has also lined up as a left-back, winger and in central midfield.
Chelsea have already spent big in the full-back areas, with the likes of Ben Chilwell, Marc Cucurella, and Malo Gusto costing a combined total of around £140 million. Despite this, they could need reinforcements in wide areas.
Gusto is still unproven, while Cucurella has made a slow start to life at Stamford Bridge. Chilwell and Reece James have both suffered through plenty of injury problems, and club captain Cesar Azpilicueta is expected to move on soon.
As for Madrid, they are lacking in this area. Dani Carvajal, Ferland Mendy and Alvaro Odriozola are their only natural full-backs, while David Alaba, Lucas Vazquez, and Eder Militao have covered there.
This should be enough to cope, but a new face would be welcome.
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