Barcelona’s sporting director, Deco, has voiced the club’s intention to retain the services of loaned players Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix, expressing optimism about their ongoing contributions to the team.
In an interview with RAC1, Deco highlighted the early stage of the season while affirming the club’s interest in retaining the talented duo. “We are still in November, it is early. But of course, we are already thinking about it,” he stated.
Deco emphasized the value both players bring to the squad: “There is no doubt that we want to have them next season because they are good for the squad. We are happy with their performance.”
Joao Felix, although only scoring once in 10 La Liga appearances since joining Barcelona, showcased his prowess with a goal against Real Betis back in September. Despite a seemingly lower goal tally, his impact has been felt on the field. Follow your favourite La Liga team with attractive La Liga odds from Nextbet.
Concerns have emerged regarding Joao Cancelo’s defensive abilities amidst Barcelona’s struggles at the back, facing challenges in preventing goals this season.
Securing the long-term services of both players, however, poses a financial challenge. Atletico Madrid reportedly seeks €80 million for Felix, while Cancelo’s price tag is estimated at around €25 million.
Deco acknowledged the intricacies of these negotiations, hinting at future discussions: “How? We’ll see, these are discussions for later.”
Barcelona’s interest in retaining these players underscores their commitment to strengthening the squad and building a formidable team under Xavi’s leadership. As discussions evolve, the footballing world awaits the outcome of these potential deals, with the future of Joao Cancelo and Joao Felix at the heart of Barcelona’s ambitions. Get the latest updates from the La Liga only on Nextbet Sports.