Barcelona, the Spanish Football League champion, has strengthened its ranks by signing Portuguese internationals Joao Felix and Joao Cancelo on loan from compatriots Atletico Madrid and Manchester City, the English champions, respectively, according to what the Catalan club announced on Friday, on the last day of the summer transfer period.
He said in a statement, “Barcelona and Atletico Madrid have reached an agreement regarding the transfer of the player Joao Felix until June 30, 2024,” noting that the agreement does not include the option to buy the player permanently next summer.
Due to the stifling financial crisis it is going through and the conditions for fair financial play imposed by the Spanish League, Barcelona expressed “our public gratitude to the player for the economic effort he has made and his desire to wear the Blaugrana shirt.”
After joining him in 2019 for 126 million euros, Felix (23 years old) struggled to impose himself as an indispensable element in the Atletico Madrid squad and became undesirable due to his repeatedly seeking to join Barcelona, which he said in the short introduction video for the Portuguese player, “He has achieved his dream.”
Felix played with Chelsea in the second half of last season, also on loan, without much success, and thus he will try to launch his career again from Barcelona.
In another statement, Barcelona confirmed Cancelo’s arrival on loan from Manchester City and also without the option to buy at all after the end of the loan period.
The Catalan club was in dire need of a right-back after French centre-back Jules Conde was forced to occupy this position for most of last season.
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