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Following the signings of Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, and Jules Kounde in July, FC Barcelona has set their sights on signing Bernardo Silva in August.
The Manchester City superstar has emerged as Xavi Hernandez’s top priority as he seeks a reliable partner for Pedri in the interior midfield position.
According to Spanish journalist Alex Pintanel, who recently provided an update on Barça’s pursuit of Silva, the move is far from simple from the Catalans’ perspective. The club has yet to make an official bid for the playmaker and has a long way to go.
However, Pintanel suggests that Barcelona is expected to make an official bid for Silva soon. They are also unlikely to pay as much as has been reported in the English press, implying that anything in the region of €100 million is unlikely to be the value of the Portuguese international.
Pintanel does mention that Barça is not in good financial shape. In the month of August, their inflated wage bill is crippling their market power.
Nonetheless, the Catalans have a couple of options if they want to keep Silva this summer. One of them could be Frenkie de Jong’s sale.
The Dutchman has lost favor with both the club and the fans. He has also struggled to live up to expectations at Barça, which was one of the main reasons the club placed him on the transfer list.
Pintanel believes that selling de Jong is critical if Barcelona is to afford the Manchester City superstar this summer. However, the club’s positive relationship with Manchester City may also play a role, as the Catalans attempt to persuade the English champions to offload one of their most valuable assets.
Manchester City desperate to keep Bernardo Silva
The rumours linking Manchester City star Bernardo Silva with a move to Barcelona will simply not go away.
Despite playing a starring role in Pep Guardiola’s side last season as they won the Premier League title, the Portugal international has been regularly linked with a switch to Spain.
Even with Barcelona’s financial issues, they are clearly very keen on recruiting the former AS Monaco man, but the latest reports suggest that City have no plans to let him leave the Etihad.
According to The Athletic, City are expecting an approach from the Catalan club for Silva, but won’t budge on the €100m (£84m) valuation they placed on him at the start of the window.
They suggest that, while City appreciate that Silva is keen on a move to Barcelona, it seems unlikely that the club would sanction any sale, as replacing him with just two weeks to go of the transfer window could prove to be an impossible job.