There was a substantial amount of elation and celebration observed in Barcelona upon the successful completion, on the final day of the transfer window, of the loan signings of Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo.
Throughout the entire summer, the Portuguese duo expressed a strong desire to relocate to Catalonia, exhibiting patience in their decision-making process by turning down more lucrative offers to ultimately join Xavi’s squad.
The ‘Joaos’ promptly established themselves as essential contributors to Barcelona’s success, commencing their journey with great finesse.
Barcelona want permanent deals
Despite experiencing a slight decline in their performances in recent weeks, Barcelona remains determined to secure permanent signings of both Cancelo and Felix next year. These intentions were affirmed by sporting director Deco during a recent interview, where he stated:
We undoubtedly intend to retain them for the upcoming season, as they hold significance for our team’s composition. Although it is only November and premature to make final decisions, it is evident that we are already contemplating this matter, assessing the progress of the ongoing season.
Both Cancelo and Joao Felix are also believed to be eager to make their loan period at Barcelona permanent.
Barcelona will need at least €100 million
Unfortunately for Barça, it seems their pockets aren’t as deep as they’d like when it comes to snagging both Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo. According to the money-minded folks over at MARCA, it would take a cool €100 million to secure these talented lads permanently in the summer of 2024.
And if that wasn’t enough of a blow to Barcelona’s bank account, Manchester City is playing hardball with Cancelo, demanding no less than €30 million. Can you blame them? After shelling out €65 million to Juventus and keeping him locked in until 2027, they’re not exactly eager to sell him at a bargain price. It’s a financial stickler for Barça, but hey, that’s the game!
Regarding Joao Felix, it is essential to note that his tenure at Atletico Madrid is contracted until 2029, and his transfer valuation commands a substantial figure, with Atletico Madrid setting a minimum asking price of €70 million.
Moreover, factoring in the associated wages amplifies the financial burden for Barcelona, rendering the prospects of securing both players on permanent contracts highly improbable for the upcoming season.