According to Mundo Deportivo, FC Barcelona is “very upset” with Manchester City for their actions during the summer transfer window and its equivalent in January 2023.
According to reports, Pep Guardiola, the manager of City and a legend at Barcelona, blocked a possible loan move that Joao Cancelo’s childhood club wanted him to make during the winter market.
Guardiola and Cancelo had a fight on the training pitch, leading to the Portuguese player spending the remainder of the previous campaign with Bayern Munich.
Guardiola insisted that Xavi, the current head coach of Barcelona and a former midfield player, had been “misinformed” and was “far from reality,” although he denied interfering with the possible operation.
“We made the decision that Joao had to go, and we didn’t give a damn where he went, even if it meant to the city rivals, Manchester United,” Guardiola continued.
Cancelo finally signed a short-term contract with the Catalans on the day of the transfer market deadline, lasting until June 30, 2024.
The wealthy Manchester United supporters are still “very upset” with the English team after being “bothered” by some of the attitudes and remarks that have come out of the Etihad, even if they did not seek a loan fee from the financially challenged Catalans in order to borrow Cancelo.
Apart from the January incident, which MD speculated may have contributed to Barca’s elimination from the Europa League by City’s crosstown rivals Manchester United, Guardiola’s team also made it more difficult for Bernardo Silva to decide between switching to Catalonia and joining the La Liga leaders.
Additionally, City has made an effort to entice young Barca players, such as Alejandro Balde, Pau Cubarsi, a highly-regarded defender in the making, and Lamine Yamal, by offering them salary significantly higher than what their boyhood club can now afford.
With Guardiola and other coaches and directors who have worked for both Barca and City, the two European powerhouses are intrinsically linked. It will be interesting to watch if they try to patch things up or grow even more apart through their transfer market transactions.
In the event that Barca emerges from the group stage for the first time in three years, they might face off in the Champions League this season.