Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva ‘has given Jorge Mendes the green light to negotiate a move to Barcelona’

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

  • Bernardo Silva gives his agent permission to negotiate a move to Barcelona
  • Silva has already indicated to Pep Guardiola that he wants to make the switch
  • However, Barca will struggle to pay the necessary £86million for his services
  • The deal is likely to depend on Manchester United’s ability to sign Frenkie de Jong. to sign

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

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

However, the Catalan giants will have to pay at least £86 million for its services, which could prove an insurmountable obstacle given their current financial crisis.

Bernardo Silva is costing Barcelona around £86million – which they probably can’t afford

And even if Xavi’s side were able to make an offer that could come close to City’s valuation, that would only offer half the solution, as Guardiola will hate to part with it. of the player.

Barca will probably have to sell before they buy

Barca will probably have to sell before they buy

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 Barca, I don’t want players who don’t want to be there.

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

Since his arrival from Monaco in 2017, the 27-year-old has become one of Guardiola’s most important players, showing his ability to excel in a variety of positions as City dominate English football.

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

City are holding on to their appreciation for 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 leave the Nou Camp this summer.

Barca's move for Silva will likely depend on Manchester United's pursuit of Frenkie de Jong

Barca’s move for Silva will likely depend on Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie de Jong

The deal will likely depend on City’s nemesis Manchester United’s ability to entice Frenkie de Jong to Old Trafford.

United have long been admirers of the Dutch midfielder and Erik ten Hag has made the player his number one priority as he strives to rebuild the fallen giants.

However, Blaugrana chairman Joan Laporta has already said the club “does not intend” to sell the Dutch international, but that he will likely have to face a pay cut if he wants to stay on the side of LaLiga.

Guardiola has said he thinks Silva will stay at City but revealed he is

Guardiola has said he thinks Silva will stay at City but revealed he is “important to us”.

De Jong represents Barca’s best chance at raising much-needed money amid their ongoing financial difficulties, but the money could soon be used to fund a transfer for Silva.

Barcelona are also aiming for a deal for Leeds’ Brazilian forward Raphinha, and it is clear they have submitted a £51million offer to be paid in installments of £17.2million.

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

Silva was always present with Guardiola's team that dominated English football

Silva was always present with Guardiola’s team that dominated English football

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