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Bayern and Inter on red alert as Cancelo eyes Man City exit

Joao Cancelo of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 2, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
Joao Cancelo of Manchester City during the Premier League match between Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City at Tottenham Hotspur Stadium on February 2, 2020 in London, United Kingdom.
James Williamson

Cape Town - Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo is reportedly preparing to depart the club at the end of the current campaign, with Bayern Munich and Inter Milan interested.

German giants Bayern were linked with a loan move for the Portugal international right-back during last month's January transfer window.

It's understood Inter are also keen on the defender who only arrived at City seven months ago from Juventus, in a £60 million deal which sent Danilo in the opposite direction to the Serie A champions.

Cancelo was valued at £27 million as part of that agreement, which is why the Citizens have placed such a high resale figure on his head.

The Manchester giants are continuing to hold transfer talks with Coritiba's 17-year-old right-back Yan Couto, dubbed the next Dani Alves in his homeland and also wanted at Barcelona.

The teenager was present with his agent Marcelo Robalinho to watch Pep Guardiola's ten-man outfit lose 2-0 away to Tottenham Hotspur on Sunday.

City are close to agreeing a deal worth around £15 million for the Brazil under-17 starlet and will then send the player back on loan to Coritiba.

Club sources, however, have stated Couto could return to the Etihad at the end of the season and that Cancelo is already weighing up his options.

It's believed the former Valencia player has struggled to settle in his new surroundings and would jump at the chance of a move to another big club on the continent.

Cancelo has failed to dislodge England right-back Kyle Walker from his regular starting position, restricting him to just 10 appearances so far in the Premier League.

The 25-year-old has a young family and knows the jury is still out on him at the Etihad.

He is also aware Guardiola is planning a major clear out at the end of the season to finance a rebuild of his leaky rear-guard, having finally run out of patience.

John Stones, Nicolas Otamendi and Benjamin Mendy are all in the firing line, although it will be interesting to see if a club is willing to effectively hand City their money back on Cancelo.

- TeamTalk Media

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