Joao Cancelo could knock Man City out of Champions League - before Bayern send him back 8 days ago

EXCLUSIVE: There were raised eyebrows when he joined Bayern on loan and now Joao Cancelo could face parent club Manchester City in Europe - yet it appears his long-term future is not in Munich

Bayern Munich plan to send Joao Cancelo back to Manchester City at the end of the season.

The Portuguese defender, 28, made a shock loan move to the Bundesliga club in January after falling out of favour with Pep Guardiola at City.

But although Bayern have an option to buy Cancelo outright for £60million this summer, at the moment they do not intend to take it up.

The German giants reckon they will have more pressing priorities in the next transfer window - leaving Cancelo’s future in doubt.

The fact City boss Guardiola was happy to let one of his star performers go, suggests the pair will not be settling their differences if and when reluctantly reunited.

One way Cancelo's sticky situation could change is if he impresses Bayern so much during the next few months that they change their minds about coughing up the money required to sign him permanently.

Cancelo's relationship with Guardiola broke down earlier this season
Cancelo's relationship with Guardiola broke down earlier this season

Ironically, that might even come at City’s expense should Bayern to dump the Premier League holders out of the Champions League.

The draw for the quarter-finals has paired City and Bayern together - with the winners of that cracking tie to meet either the holders Real Madrid or Chelsea in the last four.

Remarkably, it appears neither City nor Spanish supremo Guardiola bothered to insist on a clause stopping Cancelo lining up against them in Europe when negotiating the terms of his loan deal.

If correct that means he could well be free to line up for Bayern in what will be billed a grudge clash for the player.

It was post-World Cup that Cancelo, who has 18 months left on his City contract, suddenly became unsettled when he lost his starting place to the club's homegrown teenage talent Rico Lewis.

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