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Barca, Man City in talks over Cancelo loan deal

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Manchester City and Barcelona are working on a loan deal for João Cancelo, according to ESPN.

The Spanish giants are hoping to reach an agreement to loan Cancelo for a season with an obligation to make the move permanent next summer with sources telling ESPN that negotiations are set to be stepped up this week.

City are willing to let Cancelo leave but are reluctant to accept a reduced fee and will demand around €60 million ($66m) in the obligation clause.

Cancelo has been left out of the squad for the Super Cup clash with Sevilla in Athens on Wednesday. He was also absent for the 3-0 win over Burnley in City’s Premier League opener on Friday.

The 29-year-old, who spent the second half of last season on loan at Bayern Munich, was part of the group which travelled to Asia for the club’s preseason tour but does not look to have a future at the Etihad Stadium.

Joao Cancelo spent most of last season on loan with Bundesliga champions Bayern Munich. Lexy Ilsley – Manchester City/Manchester City FC via Getty Images
Barcelona are keen to land Cancelo to fill a void at right-back. Julián Araujo has been loaned to Las Palmas while Sergiño Dest is free to find a new club.

Cancelo, who is under contract at City until 2027, also has interest from the Saudi Pro League but sources have told ESPN that his preference is to move to Barcelona.

Meanwhile, City defender Rico Lewis has signed a new long-term contract, the club announced on Tuesday.

The 18-year-old, who broke into Pep Guardiola’s squad last season, has signed a five-year deal which will keep him at the Etihad until 2028.

“It’s been an unbelievable year for me and now to sign this contract is a dream come true,” Lewis said.

“As a City fan I can remember watching us winning trophies when I was young and it’s the only place I’ve wanted to be. To know I’m going to be here until 2028 is fantastic and I can’t wait to keep working and keep improving.

“Everyone at the Club has been so amazing, starting with the Academy where I learnt so much and I am hugely grateful for everything they did.”

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Transfer: Juventus line up move for Wilfred Ndidi

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Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer. Ndidi is into the final

Serie A giants, Juventus are targeting a move to Leicester City midfielder, Wilfred Ndidi this summer.

Ndidi is into the final months of his contract with Leicester City and could leave the club on a free transfer at the end of the month.

According to Tuttosport, the Nigeria international is among the three players Juventus are looking to sign to bolster their midfield in the summer.

The other two players are Jorginho and Mikel Merino.

Ndidi reportedly has interests from clubs in England, Spain and Turkey.

The 27-year-old has registered four goals and six assists in 32 appearances for Leicester City this season.

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

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Transfer: Trabzonspor keen to extend Onuachu’s loan for another season

Trabzonspor want to take Southampton forward Paul Onuachu on loan for another season.

Onuachu joined the Turkish Super Lig side on a season-long loan last summer.

The Nigeria international has registered nine goals and three assists in 17 league appearances for Trabzonspor.

The Black Sea Storm are keen to sign the striker permanently but cannot meet up with Southampton’s €15 million valuation.

According to a report in Transfermarkt, Trabzonspor president, Ertugrul Dogan is pushing hard to have Onuachu at the club at least for another season.

A return to Southampton is highly unlikely for the lanky hitman, who struggled to establish himself during his six-month stay at the club.

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

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Transfer: Napoli identify top striker to replace Osimhen

Napoli have identified Lille striker, Jonathan David as the top target to replace departing Victor Osimhen.

Despite signing a contract extension with Napoli last December, Osimhen is set to leave the Italian side at the end of the season.

Paris Saint-Germain is leading the race to sign him as a replacement for Real Madrid-bound Kylian Mbappe.

Chelsea are also said to be interested in signing the Nigeria international as their marquee forward signing to take the club to the next level.

La Gazzetta dello Sport reports that Jonathan David is the top preference for Napoli.

David has scored 23 goals and provided 7 assists in 39 games so far this season, mirroring his output from the 2022-2023 campaign.

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