Arsenal should beat Barcelona to Joao Cancelo signing

Arsenal should beat Barcelona to the signing of Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo this summer.

The Gunners currently have Ben White and Takehiro Tomiyasu as their right-back options but the latter is recovering from a knee injury.

The Japanese star underwent an operation in March and there are suggestions that he may not be fit for the start of the 2023/24 campaign.

Meanwhile, there are doubts lingering over the future of left-back Kieran Tierney, who continues to be linked with a move to Newcastle United.

Amidst this, the Gunners may need to invest in the full-back department this summer and in our view, Cancelo would be a fantastic recruit.

Cancelo secured a surprise loan deal to Bayern Munich from City in January following a disagreement with Pep Guardiola over his game time.

He had a tough beginning to his Bayern career under Julian Nagelsmann but has seen plenty of minutes under new manager Thomas Tuchel.

Bayern still have no plans to trigger the €70 million buy clause and Sport now report that City could sell him to Barcelona for around €40m.

In our opinion, Arsenal should make an approach of their own for the Portuguese, who has 14 goal contributions from 47 club games this term.

Cancelo would be a perfect fit for Mikel Arteta’s system with his ability to play as an inverted right-back or left-back. He could be an assured starter.

Of course, his off-field behaviour has been talked about in recent months but Arteta has had no trouble with Leandro Trossard since his winter switch.

Trossard was a troublesome figure during the final phase of his Brighton & Hove Albion career but the Belgian has settled in well with the Gunners.

Arsenal should easily afford the fee for the 29-year-old but the big question is whether City would be willing to do business again.

The purchases of Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko last summer provided a huge boost for Arsenal’s title pursuit until the late stumble.

The Cityzens may resist the prospect of selling another key player to the Gunners during the upcoming transfer window.

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