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Real Madrid decided against signing Man City loanee in January for two reasons



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According to Mario Cortegana of The Athletic, Real Madrid were offered an opportunity to sign Joao Cancelo from Manchester City in the January window, prior to his move to Bayern Munich.

The Portuguese international seemed to have had a falling out with manager Pep Guardiola, with rumours of an exit intensifying in the final days of the winter window.

Cancelo ended up signing for Bayern Munich on loan until the end of the season with a purchase option of €70 million for the summer.

However, prior to that, as has previously been reported by Fabrizio Romano, Real Madrid were offered a shot at signing the former Juventus ace.

But, Real Madrid turned down the opportunity to sign Cancelo due to two reasons, reports Mario Cortegana.

As per the journalist, one of the reasons behind Los Blancos’ rejection was the finances involved.

As iterated earlier, Manchester City inserted a massive €70 million buy option in the agreement with Bayern Munich, a figure that Real Madrid were uncomfortable with.

Secondly, the club did not see Cancelo as a player who fits into their recruitment strategy of signing younger players with potential and were happy to see out the season with the current squad they have.

Interestingly, though, the report states that sources involved in the negotiations claim that Real Madrid had indeed tabled an offer for Cancelo which included a summer buy option worth €30 million (fixed) plus another €20 million in add-ons.

However, it is also stated that sources from within the club deny that any such proposal was made and speculate that Real Madrid’s name might have been used to drive up Cancelo’s price.

The right-back slot has been seen as a problematic one at Real Madrid due to Dani Carvajal’s fitness problems and the fact that Lucas Vazquez is not a natural full-back.

However, it is understood that Los Blancos have total faith in the duo and are also backing the likes of Vinicius Tobias, Alex Jimenez, and David Jimenez for the future. So, a new right-back arriving in the summer is an unlikely proposition at this point.

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Video – Barcelona fans chant ‘Vinicius d*e’ ahead of their UCL clash



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In what is starting to become an alarmingly common occurrence, a set of Barcelona fans were spotted hurling abusive chants towards Real Madrid superstar Vinicius Jr.

Barça will be facing PSG in the UEFA Champions League quarterfinal today in less than an hour and in the lead-up to the game, a section of the Catalans’ supporters were seen chanting “Vinicius, die” on the streets.

It is not the first time this has happened, with Vinicius being constantly targeted by not only Barcelona fans but supporters of a number of other La Liga clubs.

In fact, last month, Barcelona fans were seen hurling the same chants before their UEFA Champions League Round of 16 tie against Napoli.

The same had happened outside Estadi Olimpic Lluis Companys in Montjuic prior to the Clasico in October last year.

Moreover, this past weekend, a Mallorca fan at Son Moix directed racist abuse towards Vinicius’ Real Madrid teammate, Aurelien Tchouameni.

It is shocking and embarrassing that these incidents continue to occur. It remains to be seen if any action is taken by the concerned authorities against those involved.

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