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Real Madrid have edge over Barcelona in race to sign Manchester City loanee – report

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It is no secret that Barcelona are prioritizing a quality full-back for the next season. In this regard, they have previously been linked with Joao Cancelo, and considering his situation, they continue to be interested in his services

However, Real Madrid have entered the race to sign the Portuguese as their requirement is similar to that of Barcelona. What is even more interesting is that Manchester City are said to be preferring Madrid over Barça, if a report from SPORT is to be believed,

Barcelona’s interest in acquiring Cancelo dates back to the January transfer market. Back then, given the state of the roster, the team from Catalonia were actively looking for a temporary full-back.

City, however, decided to accept Bayern Munich’s offer as they were prepared to pay a small loan amount and were also ready to include a purchase option worth €70 million. While the Portuguese has been decent at best at Bayern, the Bavarians have informed City that they would like to discontinue his services.

Given his difficult relationship with Pep Guardiola, Cancelo simply has no place in the City team, meaning that he will be made available on the market during the summer transfer window.

Now, as far as Madrid are concerned, they are aware of the fact that Barça have already held talks with his agent, but their interest benefits everyone involved. 

Now, Cancelo is appreciated at Madrid, but it is evident the price of the operation would not go up to €70 million. In any way, Madrid are willing to enter the negotiation and what gives them the edge is that they are ready to sign the player permanently in the summer, unlike Barcelona, who are only interested in loan acquisition.

City are studying the options at hand but one thing is clear they do not want another loan deal and this has given Madrid the edge in the race. For the moment, City will wait for the offers and a decision will be made towards the end of the season.

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Real Madrid superstar drawing inspiration from win vs Barcelona ahead of Man City showdown

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Real Madrid players will be pumped up as they take on Manchester City on Wednesday, in the second leg of the UEFA Champions League quarterfinals.

Real Madrid face a daunting task of beating Man City at the Etihad, after drawing 3-3 in the first leg. It must be noted that Los Blancos do not have a good record against Man City, losing twice in their last three meetings.

Vinicius Jr. pumped to defeat Man City

Despite the might of the opposition, confidence and optimism remain high in the Real Madrid camp, with Vinicius Jr., in particular, determined to defeat Man City, reports MARCA.

The Brazilian considers Man City as their main rival, especially given the way Real Madrid have performed against the English champions in recent years.

In the last three meetings between these two sides, Man City have won twice in 2020 and 2023, while Real Madrid secured a majestic victory in 2022.

Man City certainly have the home advantage heading into this fixture, but their might could be tested against a Real Madrid side keen on proving a point.

Vinicius determined to defeat Man City. (Photo by Aitor Alcalde/Getty Images)

Vinicius takes Barça win as a reference

Vinicius Jr.’s hopes of defeating Man City and reaching the semifinal stage have been reinforced by the belief that the club can turn things around, just as they did against Barcelona last season.

Back in April 2023, Real Madrid and Barcelona locked horns in the semifinal of the Copa Del Rey. Real Madrid succumbed to a 0-1 defeat in the first leg and required a turnaround in the second leg at Camp Nou.

Sure enough, Real Madrid players stepped up to the plate and secured a majestic 4-0 victory to secure a place in the Copa Del Rey final. Vinicius and Karim Benzema, in particular, were the star performers for Los Blancos.

Although one would expect Man City to offer a much tougher fight, Vinicius remains confident of the club’s ability to stage a turnaround, as the two teams lock horns on Wednesday.

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