Barcelona are yet to make a reinforcement to their squad since the arrival of Oriol Romeu at the start of July, but with the transfer window less than 24 hours away from closing, it’s now or never to move to the Blaugrana.
The latest news from Catalonia says that Barcelona have finally made a formal offer for Manchester City defender Joao Cancelo, who they have long been linked with.
According to the Catalan newspaper Sport, the offer is a simple loan, where Barcelona will pay all his wages.
Barcelona were originally thought to include a €30 million buyout option as part of the deal, but with the Catalans struggling to fit into their salary cap, removing the buyout option will help avoid problems in that regard.
While City want to see Cancelo leave, it was thought they were pushing for a permanent solution and wanted at least a buyout option, if not a mandatory buyout clause.
With the market so close to closing, it seems unlikely that they will put too many roadblocks in the way.
If Cancelo arrives at Camp Nou, it will see Xavi Hernandez finally get the experienced right-back option he has been looking to sign for some time. Neither Hector Bellerin nor Sergino Dest impressed for him, and this has become a big problem for the Blaugrana.