After hunting by Bernardo Silva signing throughout last summer, it looks like Barcelona have reignited their interest in the Manchester City superstar ahead of the 2022/23 season.
With pivotal midfielder Frenkie de Jong set to move to Manchester United, it has been widely reported that the Spanish giants are considering the Portugal international as a replacement for the outgoing Dutchman.
Despite all the signs that Xavi’s side are scrambling to sign Bernardo Silva, it has been revealed how the Sky Blues will fend off interest in one of their most important players this summer.
According to a report by Simon Mullock of the Mirror, Manchester City would demand a fee in ‘excess’ £80million for Bernardo Silva if Barcelona increase their interest in signing the player.
It has also been claimed that if Pep Guardiola was willing to sanction the sale of Bernardo Silva to the Catalan giants last season, the 27-year-old’s incredible performances during the 2021/22 campaign would have elevated his status to ‘essential’ within this Manchester City team.
Moreover, the Blaugrana boss is said to be a ‘great admirer’ of the ex-Monaco star and is ready to offload Frenkie de Jong to Manchester United, a sale which could potentially bring £70million into the club’s transfer kitty and be used for the signing of the Manchester City star this summer.
However, the report also reveals that significant sources within the Sky Blues are ‘categorical’ that the sale of the former Ajax midfielder will not generate ‘enough money’ to convince club members to sell Bernardo Silva.
With the club linked with Marc Cucurella and Kalvin Phillips – while their aim remains to strengthen areas such as left-back and defensive midfield ahead of next season – it’s impossible to imagine Manchester City sinking into a search hole. of a replacement of a virtually irreplaceable player.