Barcelona confirm plans for João Félix & João Cancelo

Barcelona sporting director Deco has this afternoon provided an insight into the club’s plans for loan pair João Félix and João Cancelo.

Both frontman Félix and defender Cancelo, of course, sealed temporary moves to Catalunya last summer.

And, off the bat, the Portuguese pair added a whole new dimension to Xavi’s squad, widely hailed for their impact, particularly in the attacking third.

More recent months, however, have proven an altogether different case.

Amid more of a hit-and-miss stretch of form on the part of both players, Félix, in particular, has been singled out for heavy criticism on the part of the Barcelona faithful.

Widespread reports, in turn, have pointed towards the Blaugrana brass leaning towards sending the 24-year-old back to Atlético Madrid upon the close of the campaign.

If the latest comments on the part of the aforementioned Deco are anything to go by, however, then the plans of the Catalans, in fact, entail quite the opposite.

Speaking in an interview with La Vanguardia, as carried by transfer insider Fabrizio Romano, on Monday, Deco confirmed that the hope of those in the Barca boardroom is to sign both Félix and Cancelo on a permanent basis this summer:

“Cancelo is doing very well, Felix started very well too and he brought us very important points. It (their signings) will depend on many factors.

“We will try to sign both of them,” he concluded.

Conor Laird | GSFN

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