In the context of Real Madrid’s active buying actions, Barcelona is also keeping up with the transfer deal to sign Bernardo Silva from Man City.
Midfielder Bernardo Silva has been monitored by Barcelona for a long time. And there were contacts for a transfer deal worth £70 million last summer. However, this move failed and after 8 months, the leaders of the La Liga club are once again trying to recruit the 28-year-old player.
According to The Telegraph, Silva’s future at Man City is “uncertain.” And the Spanish newspaper Sport also believes that the intention of the Portuguese star is to leave the Premier League.
As a technically skilled and agile player, Bernardo is considered one of the “magic left-footers” and one of the best in the Premier League. He is currently having an impressive season at Etihad with 3 goals and 5 assists in 23 games.
But with Citizens falling behind in the title race with Arsenal, Pep Guardiola has reorganized his tactical arrangements. This has seen Silva deployed as a left-back substitute, filling in the position of the two wing-backs and helping Man City build their third defensive line.
Despite the change in position, Silva continues to excel, ranking well in several statistics, including ranking 9th in the rankings for the ability to make forward passes, 13th in the ability to create goal-scoring opportunities, and 17th in tackles in the middle third of the field.
Silva may fit well into Xavi’s system at Barcelona and make up for their long-term interest. Meanwhile, Man City could replace Silva with Chelsea star Mateo Kovacic.
Barca’s move comes after their “arch-rival” Real Madrid is causing a stir in the transfer market. Los Blancos are interested in a series of famous stars, including Napoli’s duo – Khvicha Kvaratskhelia and Victor Osimhen.
SPORT reports that Barcelona is interested in signing Bernardo Silva in the upcoming summer transfer window. But they may have to pay Bernardo Silva transfer fee of €80 million to secure the Portuguese international. Manchester City would be willing to let Silva go if they receive offers close to their asking price.
Although Barcelona has maintained contact with Silva’s representatives and Xavi Hernandez wanted him last summer, they did not have the financial resources to finalize a deal. If Manchester City demands the full €80 million, Barcelona may struggle to afford Silva and could look to sell players to raise the funds.
Silva is eager for a new challenge and has expressed interest in playing for Barcelona. However, he may consider other options, such as Paris Saint-Germain or Real Madrid, as they have also shown interest.
Meanwhile, Manchester City hopes to keep Silva and avoid losing both him and Ilkay Gundogan in the summer transfer window. The club is looking for viable replacements in case either player leaves. There are many Man City transfer targets in 2023 summer.
Barcelona’s chances of signing Silva may be difficult due to Manchester City’s high asking price, but they could attempt to negotiate with the Premier League champions. However, Manchester City has been firm on their player evaluations in the past.
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