Joao Cancelo - Credit: Nick Potts (PA Media)

Joao Cancelo makes shock Man City exit to Bayern Munich on loan with option to buy for €70million

  • Cancelo became discontent on staying after finding out he was on the bench
  • Behaviour became ‘toxic’ in the changing room
  • City – not expected to find a replacement before end of transfer window
  • Credit: Nick Potts (PA Media)

Manchester City full-back, Joao Cancelo, has completed a move to European super-giants Bayern Munich on-loan with the option to buy.

The Athletic’s David Ornstein broke the news about Bayern Munich’s approach for the Portuguese international in a transfer that was wrapped up rather quickly.

Cancelo will sport the number 22 shirt at Bayern Munich.

The full-back fell out of favour with Manchester City Manager, Pep Guardiola, after starting from the bench in the last three games, most notably in the FA Cup fourth round tie against Arsenal, which saw City win 1-0.

It appeared Cancelo fell further down the pecking order due to the emergence of 18-year-old, Rico Lewis. Being able to invert into midfield, Lewis has demonstrated a capability of playing at the highest level. This coupled with Cancelo’s poor form saw him placed on the bench in recent weeks.

Sam Lee has reported that the full-back demonstrated “poor body language” and “not paying attention in meetings” which has been labeled as “toxic” within the Man City dressing room.

It is not likely that Guardiola will be able to bolster his squad in a department they was already short, leaving City with only one recognised left back in Sergio Gomez, who has seen his game time limited so far this season.

Pep Guardiola
Pep Guardiola – Credit: Mike Egerton/PA Media

Manchester City face Tottenham Hotspur and Arsenal in the coming weeks which will be important games in the title race for the Premier League 2022/23 season.

Christian Eriksen to be sidelined for an ‘extended period of time’

The Manchester United midfielder is set to be out for over a month due to an injury sustained in the match versus Reading.

The Danish international was subbed off just before the hour mark and went straight down the tunnel for his injury to be looked at further.

Christian Eriksen sustaining injury – Credit: Martin Rickett/PA Media

Manchester United manager, Erik Ten Haag, confirmed that the creative midfielder will be out for an “extended period of time” in a press conference this afternoon.

Ten Haag said: “I wish it hadn’t happened. It’s quite clear Christian brings top quality to our squad and he has some specifics that are hard to replace.”