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Man City place lofty demands on potential Bernardo Silva transfer, putting Barcelona on back foot

Bernardo Silva, Ruben Dias, Manchester City, April 2022.

Manchester City will reportedly demand more than £80 million should they see Bernardo Silva move on, amid interest from Barcelona.

Barcelona showed a keen interest in Silva last summer. The Portuguese’s place in the City side was thrown up in the air when they landed Jack Grealish.

As such, Silva was reportedly going to be allowed to leave the club.

A year down the line, Silva is one of City’s most important assets. The 27-year-old made 50 appearances in all competitions during the last campaign.

What’s more, he missed just three games in the Premier League, and one in the Champions League. Over the course of the season, he bagged 13 goals and provided seven assists in all competitions, including one of each in either leg of the Champions League semi-finals.

Silva was also named in the Premier League team of the season. Indeed, his fortunes have changed a fair bit since it looked like he may leave last summer.

As such, it appears City want to make sure they can keep him at the club for as long as possible.

The Mirror reports that Pep Guardiola’s side will demand in excess of £80million for him to leave. It is thought that fee will price out Barcelona, who are reported to be interested once again.

City reportedly feel Barcelona will not be able to raise the required funds even if Barca sell Frenkie de Jong.

It seems that transfer fee could be in the region of £70million, so the Spanish side would still have to find sources of income on top of that.

Bernardo Silva a big City asset

Manchester City attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva

Naturally, after a top season at City, they do not want to see Silva leave. Even before this season, he has been performing consistently in a City shirt.

The attacking-midfielder has racked up 251 appearances for the Citizens in all competitions. His influence on the side is clear to see, both as a provider and a goalscorer, as he has contributed to 99 goals in that time.

What’s more, he has been one of the best players in the Premier League over the past season.

Guardiola will no doubt continue to do his all in order for his star to remain as long as possible.

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