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Barcelona will negotiate to lower €25 million asking price for Manchester City defender

Since joining FC Barcelona on loan from Manchester City, Joao Cancelo has settled in very well in the team and performed at a very high level.

The 29-year-old has delivered for the team, be it at right-back or left-back, making vital contributions. In all, he has scored four and assisted four goals from 32 games in all competitions.

As such, Barcelona have already decided to keep Cancelo at the club beyond the ongoing season while the player himself hopes to continue with the Catalan heavyweights.

Barcelona plan negotiations with Manchester City

Given Barcelona’s financial situation, though, they are planning on negotiating with Manchester City to convince them to lower their asking price, which currently stands at €25 million, reports AS.

The 29-year-old has a contract with Man City that runs until the summer of 2027 and they do not wish to let him go for peanuts.

There is no way back for the Portuguese international at the Etihad Stadium following his falling out with Pep Guardiola.

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Cancelo is eager to stay at Barcelona. (Photo by LLUIS GENE/AFP via Getty Images)

But the reigning English and European champions wish to ensure that they get a good fee for his sale.

But considering Barcelona’ frail economic situation, they are not in a position to spend big, especially given the fact that they also plan on signing Joao Felix and a few other players.

As such, the La Liga champions wish to try and negotiate a lower price than the €25 million valuation with Man City for Cancelo.

Cancelo wants to stay

As mentioned earlier, Cancelo has made it abundantly clear that he wants to continue at Barcelona, his ‘dream club’.

This may end up playing an important role in negotiations between the two clubs, with superagent Jorge Mendes mediating to get the best deal for everyone involved.

The report states that Cancelo is seen as more of a priority than Joao Felix at Barcelona, even though previously it was suggested that the situation was the opposite.

It now remains to be seen how the matter resolves and whether Man City lower their demands.

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