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Man City’s Bernardo Silva ‘gave Jorge Mendes green light to negotiate move to Barcelona’

Man City’s Bernardo Silva ‘gave Jorge Mendes green light to negotiate move to Barcelona’

Man City’s Bernardo Silva ‘has given agent Jorge Mendes the green light to negotiate a move to Barcelona this summer’ but the cash-strapped Spanish giants will have to pay at least £86million to land the midfielder. portuguese land

  • Bernardo Silva gives his agent the green light to negotiate a transfer to Barcelona
  • Silva has already told Pep Guardiola he wants to make the move
  • However, Barca will struggle to pay the £86m needed for his services
  • Deal likely hinges on Manchester United’s ability to sign Frenkie de Jong

Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva has given his agent the green light for a potential move to Barcelona this summer.

Silva’s contract runs until the summer of 2025, but the player has told City boss Pep Guardiola he wants to take the plunge to start a new chapter in his career, according to the Spanish outlet. sport.

However, the Catalan giants will have to pay at least £86m for his services which might prove to be an insurmountable obstacle given their current financial crisis.

Bernardo Silva will cost Barcelona around £86m – something they are unlikely to be able to afford

Bernardo Silva will cost Barcelona around £86m – something they are unlikely to be able to afford

And even if Xavi’s side were able to mount a bid that could come close to City’s valuation, it would only provide them with half the answer as Guardiola will hate parting ways with the player.

Barca will probably have to sell before buying

Barca will probably have to sell before buying

Guardiola admitted Silva wanted to leave the Etihad saying: “Today I think Bernardo Silva will continue.”

“But as I’ve always said, since my time at Barça, I don’t want players who don’t want to be there.

“What I can say is that Bernardo is important for us.”

Since arriving from Monaco in 2017, the 27-year-old has become one of Guardiola’s most important players, demonstrating his ability to excel in multiple positions as City dominated English football.

In 249 games for the Manchester club, the Portuguese midfielder scored 48 goals and 50 assists, winning four Premier League titles in five seasons.

City remain firm on their assessment of the player despite his desire to leave, and while Barca are unlikely to be able to afford the midfielder at the moment, several players could be set to leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Barca's move on Silva likely to hinge on Manchester United pursuing Frenkie de Jong

Barca’s move on Silva likely to hinge on Manchester United pursuing Frenkie de Jong

The deal is likely to hinge on whether City’s nemesis Manchester United can lure Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford.

United are long-time admirers of the Dutch midfielder, and Erik ten Hag has made the player his top priority as he seeks to rebuild the fallen giants.

However, Blaugrana president Joan Laporta has already said that the club have ‘no intention’ of selling the Dutch international but he will likely have to take a pay cut if he wants to stay in the La Liga side.

Guardiola said he thought Silva would stay at City but revealed he was

Guardiola said he thought Silva would stay at City but revealed he was ‘important to us’

De Jong represents Barca’s best opportunity to bring in some much-needed cash amid their ongoing financial troubles, but the cash could quickly be used to fund a move for Silva.

Barcelona are also pursuing a deal for Leeds Brazilian striker Raphinha, and it is understood they have submitted an offer of £51m to be paid in installments of £17.2m.

In five years at City, Silva has won four Premier League titles, four Carabao Cups, an FA Cup and two Community Shields, and was part of the City squad that lost to Chelsea in the 2021 Champions League final.

Silva has always been present in Guardiola's team which has dominated English football

Silva has always been present in Guardiola’s team which has dominated English football

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