Arsenal want to sign Joao Cancelo this summer.
According to G9IJA, Arsenal are amongst the clubs interested in the Manchester City full-back this summer.
Of course, Mikel Arteta will know Cancelo’s game quite well due to his connections to The Etihad, and according to G9IJA, he’s keen to bring the Portuguese defender to the Emirates now.
This would be a very exciting deal for Arsenal. After all, Cancelo can play in either full-back role, and he’s already well accustomed to Arteta’s style of play after his schooling under Pep Guardiola.
Speaking of Guardiola, the Spaniard was a huge fan of Cancelo before the pair fell out earlier this season.
Guardiola paid Cancelo the highest of compliments during his time at City, claiming that the defender is ‘like Dani Alves’ in the way he plays the game.
That is, of course, huge praise from Guardiola. Alves is undoubtedly one of the best full-backs to ever play the game and he was a key part in Guardiola’s all-conquering Barcelona team.
While this deal would be exciting, it could also be a very tough one to conclude.
City have lived to regret selling players to Arsenal in the past with both Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus going on to become stars in north London, and the Premier League champions may be wary of, once again, strengthening one of their closest rivals.
Jamie Carragher himself has stated that City won’t do business with Arsenal again, and, to be honest, Guardiola would be well within his rights to reject any offer from his former protégé after Mikel Arteta’s side have taken him to the brink in the title race this season.
This would be a top-class signing, but it’s difficult to see this one actually getting over the line