Report: Frustrated Bayern and City Player Ready to move, with Arsenal reportedly interested in signing him

Arsenal have emerged as potential suitors for out-of-favour Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, according to reports.

 

Cancelo was sent out on loan in January, joining Bayern Munich after growing frustrated over a lack of football at City. The Portugal international had been a guaranteed starter under Pep Guardiola, but the emergence of Rico Lewis and Nathan Ake’s form at left-back provided him with stern competition that he appeared unwilling to entertain.

City fans booed the defender when he returned to the Etihad with Bayern during the Champions League quarter-final clash in April, with the expectation that he will move on permanently this summer. The German side have an option to sign the 28-year-old permanently, but believe the €70million clause is far too steep.

Thomas Tuchel’s side are interested in making his loan permanent, however, with Barcelona also thought to be interested. But a new report from 90min names Arsenal as a potential suitor. Gunners boss Mikel Arteta worked with Cancelo during his time as Guardiola’s assistant at City and believes the versatile full-back would fit into his system seamlessly, as has been the case with Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus.

 

Elsewhere, Football Insider reports that Arsenal youth product Ethan Nwaneri could be heading the other way with City ‘increasingly confident’ of landing the 16-year-old.

The teenager is yet to sign professional terms with the North London side and cannot do so until he turns 17, with the Blues joining Chelsea in keeping an eye on his situation. Arteta made him the club’s youngest-ever player earlier this season at 15 years and 181 days old, but he has not featured for the first team since.

The versatile youngster, who can play across attacking midfield, on either flank or up front, has registered six goals and four assists in 26 appearances for the Under-18s and Under-21s combined, and has also represented England at under-17 level.

 


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