Bayern Munich paid Man City NOTHING to sign Joao Cancelo on loan in January, the Bundesliga club’s sporting director has revealed – after the Portuguese star joined the German giants following a training ground bust-up with Pep Guardiola
Bayern Munich sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic has confirmed that the club will not pay a loan fee for Portugal star Joao Cancelo, according to reports.
Cancelo joined the German giants on an initial loan deal with a £61million buy option at the end of the season, after falling out with City boss Pep Guardiola.
And now it’s been revealed that the Bundesliga champions won’t have to pay a cent for the entire interim period that Cancelo is with Bayern.
According to BildSalihamidzic confirmed that the Cancelo deal had been agreed without a loan fee before explaining why.
The 46-year-old said: ‘The fact that Cancelo worked without pay is because of the network’.
Portugal full-back Joao Cancelo completed a one-day transfer to Bayern Munich last month
Bayern sporting director Hasan Salihamidzic said the loan deal was agreed ‘free of charge’
The apparent ‘network’ between the two sides may have been established during the transfer of winger Leroy Sane, who swapped Manchester for Munich in 2020.
Loan fees have become a common theme in transfer deals, with Chelsea’s deal for Portugal star Joao Felix including a £9million loan fee.
Portuguese full-back Cancelo secured a deadline day transfer to Bayern after reports he fell out with both players and staff in Manchester.
According to The Athletic, it is feared that Cancelo’s behavior in training will affect the rest of the squad.
City coaches reportedly believe he is not paying attention to tactical meetings after being consistently left out of the starting XI.
Sportsmail exclusively revealed last week that Cancelo had a heated training ground bust-up with City boss Guardiola, prompting him to demand an exit.
The confrontation came after Cancelo was snubbed in Manchester City’s FA Cup fourth round victory over Arsenal last month.
The fall-out from that day resulted in the full-back securing a last-minute move to the Allianz Arena on loan but could be made permanent if a buy-out is triggered.
There are reports that Cancelo has fallen out with Man City boss Pep Guardiola recently
However, Salihamidzic recently said that the £61million clause in the contract may be too extortionate for the Bavarian side to pay.
Via Get German Football News, Salihamidzic told Bild: ‘We are playing open cards. The most important thing is that João feels comfortable in Munich and can perform in the second round.
‘But we also told him clearly that this total is difficult for us to imagine in the next few years.’
There is hope that Bayern Munich can undercut Man City’s asking price for Cancelo following his loan-spell with the German giants.
Cancelo made a run in Germany and made his debut for the club in their 4-0 win over Mainz in the Bundesliga.
The full-back recorded an assist on his debut for the Bundesliga side last month