Bayern Munich are reportedly closing in on the signing of versatile Manchester City full-back Joao Cancelo on loan until the end of the season.
The Portugal international has fallen out of favour under boss Pep Guardiola in recent weeks where he has been an unused substitute in the last three games.
Academy star Rico Lewis has forced his way into the starting XI since the restart of domestic football after the World Cup.
Kyle Walker and John Stones have also been preferred at right-back at times this season, while Nathan Ake has slotted in on the opposite side of defence this month.
And according to The Athletic, this has seen the 28-year-old decide to depart the Etihad in search of regular game time after falling down the pecking order.
It has been said that there will likely be an option to buy clause inserted into the contract.
Bayern, who are claimed to be long-term admirers of the ex-Juventus defender, have been keen to bring in a right-back in January.
Benjamin Pavard has been linked with a switch to Barcelona, while summer signing Noussair Mazraoui is unavailable as he recovers from COVID-19.
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A medical is now set to be scheduled to take place within the next 24 hours ahead of Tuesday’s 6pm transfer deadline in Germany.
News of the imminent departure will have come as a surprise for City supporters with the player becoming a firm fan favourite since joining in 2019.
He has won the Premier League twice along with the Carabao Cup, where he has chipped in with ten goals and 22 assists in 154 matches in all competitions.
His dazzling displays since linking up with the Citizens has seen Cancelo named in the PFA Premier League Team of the Year in each of the last two campaigns.
Should the shock deal go through, Cancelo could make his debut for Julian Nagelsmann’s side in the German Cup against Mainz on Wednesday.
Or he could get his first taste of action when Bayern pit their wits against Wolfsburg in their Bundesliga battle on Sunday.
Despite sitting top of the table, Bayern have struggled since the World Cup break – drawing three consecutive top-flight matches.
They sit just one point clear of Union Berlin, with just three points separating Bayern and fifth-placed Freiburg.