Barcelona‘s prospects of signing Bernardo Silva in the summer transfer window may be dwindling, according to a report by Spanish daily SPORT. While the Catalan giants want the Portuguese playmaker to replace Frenkie de Jong, Manchester City would rather not move their star midfielder.
Bernardo Silva has completely transformed his career in the last twelve months. Last year, the 27-year-old was eyeing a move away from Manchester City, particularly to Barcelona, where he could get regular playing time. But he stayed at the Etihad Stadium and went on to become a key figure for the Citizens.
In 50 appearances across all competitions, the Portuguese international scored 13 goals and added seven assists, playing a key role in Manchester City’s Premier League championship defense. Despite his growing prominence at the Etihad, Silva is said to be planning a new adventure this summer. A case like this has piqued Barcelona’s interest.
The Barcelona interest derives from the numerous speculation surrounding Frenkie de Jong‘s future. In fact, according to rumors, Silva is Barcelona’s chosen replacement for the Dutch international, whose exit will help the Blaugrana reduce their pay bill while allowing them to fund transfers during the summer transfer window.
According to recent rumors, Barcelona could offer Manchester City a swap deal, with de Jong and Silva moving in opposite ways. Despite declining to speculate on his future in a recent interview, the Portuguese playmaker is said to be interested in joining Barcelona in the summer transfer window.
However, according to SPORT, Barcelona’s prospects of landing Silva in the summer transfer window may be dimming, as the Premier League winners do not want to sell the Portuguese international. Silva is a key member of Manchester City’s squad, so it’s obvious that Pep Guardiola does not want him to leave.