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Revealed: The sacrifice that Joao Cancelo made to join Barcelona from Manchester City last summer

It was surprising, to say the least, that Barcelona were able to pull off deals for Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo in the final stages of last summer’s transfer window. The Portuguese duo signed on loan deals from Atletico Madrid and Manchester City respectively, and as it turned out, both players made sacrifices to join the Catalan giants...READ THE FULL STORY HERE▶

Felix signed a new contract with Atleti before his arrival, and this reduced his salary, allowing Barcelona to fit him into their wage bill. Cancelo also forewent wages to join, with MD reporting that he gave up €2m of his Manchester City salary to be able to make the move to Barcelona last summer – that’s despite the fact that there are no guarantees that he could stay on a permanent basis.

Barcelona do want to re-sign Cancelo again this summer, although a permanent move is off the table – for now – because of their financial woes. They are hoping to agree a new loan deal with Man City, although that looks difficult as the Premier League giants want to sell him, and there is sufficient interest from other clubs.

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