Barcelona and Manchester City have supposedly come to an agreement over Bernardo Silva.
Barcelona and Manchester City have reportedly reached an agreement for Bernardo Silva, sparking speculation about Frenkie de Jong’s future. Barcelona, which is struggling financially to register new signings, may now be forced to offload the Dutchman, with Chelsea and Manchester United both heavily linked.
In recent weeks, Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out the possibility of Bernardo leaving the club. The Portuguese midfielder is an important part of the manager’s setup at the Etihad, but he is said to be interested in a move to the Camp Nou after five productive years in the Premier League.
After spending big money on Jules Kounde, Raphinha, and Robert Lewandowski, many thought Barcelona’s transfer business was done. However, president Joan Laporta refuses to back down, and transfer expert Gerard Romero claims that they have agreed on a fee less than £67 million for Bernardo.
The 27-year-potential old’s departure would be a major blow to City after he scored 13 goals in 50 appearances last season, providing relentless energy and technical ability in the process.
Although Bernardo generally plays further forward than De Jong, his skill set is similar to the Dutchman, implying that Barcelona may be about to part ways. Laporta has publicly stated that the club would like him to stay, but reports indicate that they are working hard behind the scenes to reduce his pay.
According to Relevo, De Jong stated during a phone call with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly that his preference is still to stay with Barcelona – the club he ‘dreamed’ of playing for as a child. A move for Bernardo, on the other hand, could be the final nail in the coffin for the 25-year-old midfielder, who has many high-profile admirers in the Premier League.
‘No one could be surprised’ if Man City go for midfielder’s signing
Those who thought the links between Manchester City and Matheus Nunes had ended this summer were completely wrong.
The midfielder is committed to staying with Sporting this season. He turned down the chance to join Wolverhampton Wanderers, and with Paris Saint-Germain signing Renato Sanches, he’s not going to France either, and is set to sign a new contract with the Lions.
Manchester City is still a possibility.
According to A Bola, Pep Guardiola called Nunes “one of the best players in the world” this season, and the manager “continues to be attentive and pleased” with the midfielder’s performances.
According to the newspaper, “no one would be surprised” if Nunes becomes a real target if the Premier League club loses a midfielder this month, noting that Bernardo Silva is still linked to Barcelona.
Wolves had an agreement with Sporting to sign Nunes for around €40 million, and the player only refused the transfer because he wants to play for a club with bigger ambitions, one that will give him a chance to play in the Champions League.
So, if Manchester City shows up with that money to persuade Sporting, it’s almost certain that the midfielder will leave this time.