FC Barcelona are interested in signing Bernardo Silva from Manchester City, according to a report, but on one condition.
French media outlet Le10Sport claims that the Portuguese is a top target for the Blaugrana, who see him as a “footballer with proven quality.”
Already expecting the arrivals of Silva’s compatriot Francisco Trincão, Pedri and Miralem Pjanic this summer, Barça are cash-strapped due to the economic constraints of the coronavirus pandemic.
Previously, their top two targets were Lautaro Martinez and Neymar, but the club is now at risk of landing neither to bolster Quique Setien’s squad for the upcoming 2020/2021 campaign.
The former available for $102mn in cash or $79mn plus Junior Firpo, it will take a far bigger sum of $167mn flat out or $200mn through utilizing the unique Webster Ruling to obtain the latter-mentioned PSG star.
Back to Silva, however, it is believed that an approach will only be made towards the 25-year-old if Antoine Griezmann is sold.
Recently meeting with top brass alongside his sister Maud, the Frenchman has had his importance guaranteed at the Camp Nou and boasts a contract which runs until 2024.
In a similar vein, Silva is tied to the Etihad for a year longer – until 2025 – but Barça, as relayed by Mundo Deportivo’s Jordi Battle, could take advantage of the good relationship they harbor with super agent Jorge Mendes.
Also representing Cristiano Ronaldo and the La Liga giants’ right back Nelson Semedo, Mendes was instrumental in brokering the Trincão deal.
This development is the latest that sees FC Barcelona and Manchester City, managed by legendary Catalan Pep Guardiola, at loggerheads in the transfer market.
As emerged yesterday, City plan to steal David Alaba from another of Pep’s former clubs in Bayern Munich while Barça have requested that the Austrian stay in Bavaria just 11 months longer to be obtained on a free transfer.
Elsewhere, City’s central defender Eric Garcia, like Guardiola a product of the world-famous La Masia academy, is toying with the idea of signing a new deal at the same time his boyhood outfit wish to lure him back home.