Bernardo Silva is seen as a’spectacular addition’ despite the fact that the Camp Nou boasts a multitude of great young players.
Barcelona is currently focused on signing Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, so a deal for the Portuguese international is still ‘a long way off,’ according to AS.
Bernardo Silva’s desire to leave City is still resonating loudly within the club, and if he makes his intentions clear to the board, a deal may be pushed through.
City has historically allowed players to leave if a reasonable financial settlement is offered. If Silva is seeking for a fresh challenge, this move is a possibility.
The Portugal international has stated that he will not discuss his future plans until the conclusion of the Nations League matches. Bernardo Silva of Manchester City has remained silent about recent speculations linking him with a move to Barcelona.
According to rumours, the Catalan club recently spoke with his agent Jorge Mendes and is mulling a move for the Portugal player. Xavi, Barcelona’s head coach, is known to be a fan of the 27-year-old offensive midfielder, although he refused to comment on a potential transfer.
Manchester City are prepared to outbid Barcelona for Bernardo Silva.
If the Catalans try to upset Silva for the second summer in a row, the Premier League winners will demand more than £80 million for the Portuguese sensation.
Barca attempted to entice Bernardo Silva to the Nou Camp a year ago, and Pep Guardiola was willing to let him go when the midfielder requested permission to transfer to Spain for family reasons.
Barcelona, however, was unable to raise the £60 million asking price.
Bernardo Silva’s opinion on City has hardened in the previous year, after he recovered his form to help the Blues maintain their title.
Unlike many other football clubs, Barcelona is owned and operated by its fans. It is the world’s fourth most valuable sports franchise, valued $4.76 billion, and the fourth richest football club in terms of revenue, with an annual turnover of €582.1 million. The official Barcelona song is the “Cant del Barça,” written by Jaume Picas and Josep Maria Espinàs.
Barcelona has won a total of 75 domestic trophies, including 26 La Liga titles, 31 Copa del Rey titles, thirteen Supercopa de Espana titles, three Copa Eva Duarte titles, and two Copa de la Liga awards, as well as holding the record for the latter four competitions. Five UEFA Champions League titles, a record four UEFA Cup Winners’ Cups, a joint record five UEFA Super Cups, a record three Inter-Cities Fairs Cups, and three FIFA Club World Cups have been won by the club in international club football.
Barcelona topped the International Federation of Football History and Statistics Club World Ranking in 1997, 2009, 2011, 2012, and 2015, and is now placed sixth in the UEFA club rankings as of May 2022.
Real Madrid and the club have a long-standing rivalry, and matches between the two teams are known as El Clásico. Barcelona is one of the most popular sports teams in the world, with one of the highest social media followings.
Barcelona players have won a total of twelve Ballon d’Or honours, including one for Johan Cruyff, and a total of seven FIFA World Player of the Year trophies, including winners Romário, Ronaldo, Rivaldo, and Ronaldinho.
Bernardo Silva has dominated the Premier League since his arrival at the Etihad Stadium from Monaco in 2017.
He has been a standout performer in such a star-studded group, as is typical of practically every Pep Guardiola addition, and is now largely regarded as one of the best central midfielders in Europe.
Naturally, any club that believes they have a chance of bringing in such a talent will be interested, therefore interest from other clubs will not come as a surprise to anyone.
Silva was one of a group of City players who were apparently disgruntled with their positions at the start of last season, but his on-field performances have – once again – earned him praise.
Despite the fact that the Camp Nou has a plethora of quality young players, Silva is regarded as a spectacular reinforcement.’
According to AS, Barcelona is presently focused on signing Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski, thus a deal for the Portuguese international is still ‘a long way off.’
Bernardo Silva’s aspirations to quit City are still sounding strongly’ within the club, and if he makes his intentions known to the club management, a deal may be pushed through.
City has previously permitted players to depart if they are offered a fair financial package. So, if Bernardo Silva is looking for a new challenge, this transfer isn’t out of the question.
He made 50 appearances for City last season, and his energy is now considered crucial by Guardiola.
Xavi, the coach of Barcelona, is a major fan of Silva and is willing to sacrifice Dutch star Frenkie de Jong to help raise finances.
After reconsidering a transfer to Old Trafford, De Jong is poised to join Manchester United for roughly £70 million.
The city intends to extend his existing contract, which is set to expire in three years.
“Unfortunately, I won’t be able to answer because I’m at the service of the national team and totally focused on the game that remains,” Bernardo told O Jogo last week. “When the season concludes, we’ll see what happens.”
What Manchester City has to say
Many reports have surfaced recently associating Barcelona with a bid for Manchester City and Portugal player Bernardo Silva.
The Blaugrana appear to be planning to move Frenkie de Jong this summer, despite Manchester United’s desire. According to sources, Silva has been selected as Barça’s preferred successor for the Dutchman this summer.
Since the summer of last year, the 27-year-old has been on Barcelona’s radar. Silva was expected to leave the Etihad in 2021, but he stayed and helped the Citizens win the Premier League title.
However, rumours concerning his future have resurfaced, and the player himself has been coy about the possibility of joining Barcelona.
Pep Guardiola had previously stated that signing the former Benfica sensation would be impossible. And the Premier League winners have reaffirmed their stance by stating that the 27-year-old will not be sold in the summer.
It’s a setback for the Blaugrana, even though signing him would have been difficult in the first place. Silva’s current market value is €75 million, and his contract with Man City has three years left on it, placing them in complete control of the matter.
A move to sign him would have been difficult given Barcelona’s financial condition.
And with Man City confirming that the 27-year-old superstar is ‘non-transferable,’ any residual aspirations among the Catalan club’s camp to sign Silva this summer are likely to have been dashed.
The 27-year-old, who joined City from Monaco in 2017, was on the verge of leaving Manchester last summer because he felt lonely in England and was missing his family. He recently described the situation and admitted that it had been harming his performance.
“I talked to the club about it because I wasn’t content with my life here and wanted to be closer to my family.” However, [wanting to quit] was unrelated to the club. Manchester City is my favourite team. Silva noted at the time, “I love my teammates and I adore the supporters.”
Bernardo Silva assisted on both of Portugal’s goals in Thursday night’s 2-0 triumph over Czech Republic, one of which was scored by City teammate Joao Cancelo. After the game, though, media questions centred on his future, following rumours of renewed interest from Barcelona.
Bernardo Silva has now left the matter open-ended once more, indicating that after he returns from international duty, he intends to meet with club authorities and address the situation.
When asked about Barcelona, he said, “We’ll see what happens after the season.”
Pep Guardiola, on the other hand, was candid when asked about Barça’s interest recently.
“They’ll have a hard time,” he said.