Joao Cancelo has completed his deadline-day loan move to Bayern Munich from Manchester City.
Cancelo has signed on loan for the Bundesliga champions until the end of the current campaign and Bayern possess an option to turn the deal into a permanent transfer for a fee of €70m (£61.5m).
The Portugal international’s departure comes after falling out of favour at the Etihad this season, with Cancelo having started each of City’s last three games on the bench.
The Telegraph revealed on Monday that relations between Cancelo and Pep Guardiola had deteriorated following his reduced role of late and City have sanctioned his exit in a demonstration of faith in teenager Rico Lewis, who has impressed since stepping into the senior side.
🗣️ João Cancelo on first impressions: "It's a great feeling so far. I knew how big the club are and wanted to take this opportunity and be able to train with the other players as soon as possible. I'm looking forward to getting to work." #MiaSanMia #ServusJoão pic.twitter.com/rBWROhEuC9
— FC Bayern Munich (@FCBayernEN) January 31, 2023
City are not expected to sign a replacement, with Lewis, Kyle Walker and Sergio Gomez the recognised full-back options in Guardiola’s squad. Nathan Ake and Aymerica Laporte have also deputised at left-back on occasion.
Cancelo signed for City from Juventus in 2019 and has made 154 appearances for the club in all competitions. The 28-year-old has won two Premier League titles and has been included in the PFA Team of the Year in each of the last two campaigns.
“Bayern is a great club, one of the best in the world,” Cancelo said on the move, as per the BBC. “I know this team lives for titles.”