Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva could still make a move to FC Barcelona this summer, amid maintained interest from the La Liga giants, according to reports.
The Portugal international playmaker has largely been at the heart of everything good for Manchester City so far this season, operating in a number of roles for Pep Guardiola but largely in advanced midfield and wide-forward.
However, despite his excellent performances and happiness at playing alongside his City teammates, there is a continuous feeling that the upcoming summer market could once again represent an opportunity for the player to leave the club.
For several seasons, Bernardo Silva has made his unhappiness known at the lifestyle on offer in Manchester, looking towards a move closer to home in Portugal as well as a more similar offering in terms of culture and climate.
As such, given the player’s top-level football status and continuously high-standard performances, a return to Portugal has been put on hold but a possible switch to Spanish giants Barcelona has been eyed for a number of transfer markets.
Now according to the information of Spanish newspaper Sport, as translated and relayed by Sport Witness, La Liga giants FC Barcelona are still keen on the services of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva ahead of the reopening of the summer transfer window.
Looking back on Barcelona’s previous attempt to sign the Portugal international last summer, it is claimed that an asking price of €65 million made it impossible to sign him, and a deal could be viable following the ongoing campaign when his ‘price could go to €50 million’.
In an interesting detail looking at the stance taken by Manchester City, the report tells readers that the Premier League side have always opened the door for Bernardo Silva to leave and have not put obstacles in his way, as long as financial demands are met.
Benfica president Rui Costa has spoken out on several occasions about the possibility of a Bernardo Silva return to the club in future, such is the player’s desire to move back home at some stage in his career.
However, in his most recent insight into such a possibility, Costa stated, “Benfica is not in a position to go to Manchester City, to give a very obvious case (amid continuous links to a Bernardo Silva return), and pay €100 million for a player.”
Across Bernardo Silva’s 26 appearances in all competitions this season, the 29-year-old has registered a commendable tally of seven goals and a further four assists, largely provided in Premier League matches.
One thing is for sure however, and that is Bernardo Silva’s unrelenting desire for more success with Manchester City, responding to questions over the club’s ability to put together a long winning run this season by exclaiming, “Do you doubt us?”
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