FC Barcelona is seeking the services of Portuguese Bernardo Silva. The English club, not necessarily inclined to sell its number 20, would have set its price, very high. The file now looks complicated to conclude for the Catalan club.
According to information from the journalist of the Spanish media AS, Manu Sainz, the champion of England would claim 80 million euros for the former Monegasque. Centerpiece of Pep Guardiola’s system this season (50 games in all competitions, 13 goals, 7 assists), Bernardo Silva would not be insensitive to the possibility of joining Barça, as Pep Guardiola suggested recently. , revealing that he would not retain any player at his club against his will. But the file promises to be complex, even very difficult to close, for the Catalan club.
80 million euros, an impossible sum for Barça?
In financial difficulty, FC Barcelona does not currently seem able to recruit the 27-year-old Portuguese, linked to Manchester City for another three seasons. But a few sales could unlock the file. Dutchman Frenkie de Jong is reportedly close to joining Manchester United this summer for €70m plus bonuses. Former Lyonnais Memphis Depay would also be pushed out, like Frenchmen Clément Lenglet and Samuel Umtiti, among others. Multiple departures which could allow Barça to free up cash to recruit the Pole Robert Lewandowski, priority target of the vice-champion of Spain, but also Bernardo Silva, or even Raphinha (Leeds).
Recruited by Manchester City from AS Monaco in 2017, for 50 million, the former Benfica Lisbon player took time to find a place in the English club, but the attacking midfielder is now essential in Pep Guardiola’s training . Its market value, of 80 million euros according to Transfermarktreflects this importance and its level of play. It is up to Barça to find the solution to meet the demands of the Cityzens.