Barcelona eye a sensational signing from Pep Guardiola’s squad this summer
Manchester City and Barcelona have major plans for the summer as both the club’s hope to conduct a summer revamp to emerge as serious title contenders for the 2020/21 season. City has been overpowered by Jurgen Klopp’s Liverpool this season and Barcelona have foolishly let Real Madrid walk all over them this season.
Since both the clubs are on the lookout for world-class players as potential signings, four superstars have emerged on both the European club’s agenda including the likes of Kalidou Koulibaly, David Alaba, Lautaro Martinez and Ferran Torress.
However, the Sky Blues of Manchester have the upper hand over Barca this summer due to their financial stability. The pandemic of COVID-19 has adversely effected the cash reserves of Barcelona leaving them with no option but to sell players this summer to garner funds for the transfer market operations.
Having said that it is quite shocking that the Catalans have shortlisted Bernardo Silva of Portugal as a possible signing for the summer. The board at the Camp Nou consider Silva of Manchester City to be an ideal recruitment since the Portuguese international has played under Pep Guardiola for a few years and has turned out to be a success so far.
The Catalans believe the player to be of proven quality since Pep Guardiola’s style of play is similar to that of Barcelona which means that Silva would have no issue in adjusting to the way that Barca plays.
However, Forbes reports that Silva is tied down at the Etihad Stadium until 2025 and Barcelona would only approach the player for a possible transfer this summer if they managed to offload Antoine Griezmann who has struggled this season under Ernesto Valverde and Quique Setien.
The French forward was signed for a staggering 120 million euros and has failed to meet the expectations set out by the board. If Griezmann is sold this summer, Barca would make an attempt to sign Bernardo Silva.
The Portuguese forward would go down in history alongside other players such as Angel Di Maria, Nelson Semedo, Carlos Tevez, and so on to have played with both Cristiano Ronaldo and Lionel Messi.
Bernardo Silva would also be the perfect replacement for Lionel Messi who has threatned to leave the Camp Nou when his contract expires in the summer of 2021. The captain of Barcelona has grown tired with the situation at the club under the board led by Josep Maria Bartomeu.
Leo Messi demands major changes including the sacking of Quique Setien and the arrival of Lautaro Martinez and Neymar before the summer of 2021 or else he walks out.
Do you believe that Barca has what it takes to sign Bernardo Silva? and would Pep let this Portugese forward leave after already losing Leroy Sane to Bayern Munich?
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