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Man city star agrees personal terms to join rivals, club wants £70m

Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has already reportedly agreed personal terms with FC Barcelona, though the Catalan giants will need to pay €80m (£70m) if they’re to complete the signing.

According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga side have been in talks with Silva over a potential move, with the Portuguese international open to signing for Barcelona, however, City themselves are eager to retain the midfielder, with sporting director Txiki Begiristain setting a £70m price tag on the former AS Monaco star.

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City are on course for a record-breaking transfer window in terms of money brought in through transfer fees, with the Premier League champions currently setting a UK record for how much they have made through selling players such as Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko, as well as numerous academy talents.

And this figure, currently standing at £173m across both the seniors and the U-23s as per Transfermarkt, could somehow increase if Barcelona manages to find the money to meet City’s demands for Silva, something which might happen given how ludicrous the La Liga side’s window has been this year.

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Despite the club’s crippling debt, Xavi Hernandez has recruited heavily this summer, signing the likes of Robert Lewandowksi, Raphinha, and most recently Jules Kounde, and it appears that their spending will not stop there, with Silva now in the club’s sights.

Indeed, City have every right to demand a high transfer fee for Silva, who was one of the club’s best players and one of the Premier League’s most entertaining midfielders to watch last season, and Barcelona would be foolish to break the bank again to sign the 27-year-old playmaker.

Barcelona would be committing club suicide if they sign Silva

Barcelona’s summer business has been nothing short of spectacular, and while their squad for next season looks stronger than it has in years, there’s no denying that the European giants are taking a huge risk with their spending, and adding Silva from continental rivals City would be the final nail in the coffin.

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After all, Barcelona’s chances of getting out of debt seem one in a million, and while Silva would be an incredible signing, the £70m transfer fee would only add to the Catalan side’s incredible financial problems, which they simply cannot afford at this stage of the summer.

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