Man City ‘give green light’ for departure as Silva begins house hunt in Barcelona

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Man City player Bernardo Silva during a match Credit: PA Images
Man City player Bernardo Silva during a match Credit: PA Images

According to reports, Man City will let Bernardo Silva join Barcelona if the La Liga club make a bid worth €80million.

Silva has been linked with a move to the Nou Camp in recent weeks.

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He could have left Man City last summer but ended up remaining at the club and enjoyed a terrific campaign following a summer of uncertainty.

The Citizens won the Premier League title for the fourth time in five years as Silva chipped in with eight goals and four assists.

Barcelona president Joan Laporta has reportedly made the Portuguese playmaker one of his final summer targets.

The La Liga giants have been very active in the summer transfer market, despite the fact they are in a colossal amount of debt.

They have already brought in Raphinha from Leeds, Robert Lewandowski from Bayern Munich and Jules Kounde from Sevilla, spending around £137m on the trio.

Chelsea left-back Marcos Alonso also looks like he could be headed to Barcelona, while rumours that Cesar Azpilicueta would join have been put to bed after he penned a new Blues contract.

The signing of Bernardo would take the Catalan club’s summer spending to over £200m.

Furthermore, they may be reluctant to get a deal done if they can not shift Frenkie de Jong.

On Saturday, Spanish newspaper Sport reported that talks are underway between Silva and the Blaugrana.

They say Laporta has ‘promised’ Silva he will bring him to Catalonia, with a four-year deal now agreed.

It is added that De Jong’s departure is not completely necessary for the signing to be completed, but Barca do hope the Dutch midfielder will take a salary pay cut, or alternatively, agree to join Man Utd or Chelsea.

More news dropped on Monday regarding Silva’s future.

Transfer guru Fabrizio Romano (via Managing Barca) claims Silva is ‘really keen’ to join Barca, with the club preparing a bid.

And Gerard Romero has said the player is ‘looking for a house in Barcelona’ in case a fee is agreed.

Another journalist based in Spain, Ferran Martinez, has also chimed in, reporting that City have ‘given the green light’ for Silva’s departure, as long as they receive an €80m bid.

Martinez adds that the 27-year-old is ‘waiting’ for Barca to make their move.

Speaking before his side’s Premier League opener, Pep Guardiola admitted he is unsure what the future holds for his player.

“Of course I would love Bernardo to continue here, he is a special player for us,” the City boss said. “But I don’t know what is going to happen.

“What happens will happen and if he stays it is perfect and in the end if he has to leave it is because football is like this, the player has a desire, I will not be a person to stop a desire for the people.

“I want the best for the player. I want Bernardo to stay here, 100 per cent. He is an important player for me. He is special for me, I don’t know what is going to happen. Man City, as far as I know, we didn’t get an offer. Anything. Last season either.”

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