Barcelona want to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City before the transfer deadline on September 1.
Manchester City have not reached an agreement with Barcelona on a fee for Bernardo Silva and intend to keep the midfielder this summer.
Despite having well-publicized financial issues this summer, Barcelona have not hidden their intention to sign Bernardo, and City manager Pep Guardiola admitted last week that he does not know if the playmaker will still be at the club after the transfer window closes.
Bernardo has previously expressed a desire to leave City for personal reasons, but has always remained professional and committed to the club, and City will only sell players who wish to leave if an acceptable offer is received.
According to reports in Spain on Tuesday, Barcelona had agreed a fee with City in the region of €50-55 million; however, the Manchester Evening News has learned that this is false and no offer has been received for Bernardo. City do not want to sell him, and if they did, they would have to pay a large transfer fee and find a replacement before the September 1 transfer deadline.
Last week, Guardiola said, “I would love for Bernardo to stay here because he’s a special player for all of us in the locker room, but I don’t know what’s going to happen.” What will happen will happen.
“If he stays, it is perfect. If in the end he has to leave it is because football is like this, the clubs have an agreement, the player has the desire and I will not be the reason to stop the desire.
“When you are a football player your life is so short. You don’t realise and immediately it is over. At the same time. I’m just a little part of the club. What the club decides is ok for me.”
City travel to Barcelona later this month for a charity match at the Nou Camp, a week before the transfer deadline, with Guardiola previously promising to take a full squad to Spain.