This summer, Barcelona made repeated assertions that they expected to capture midfielder Bernardo Silva from Manchester City in an effort to unsettle the Portuguese.
Silva is wanted by City, though, and they have valued him at over £80 million notwithstanding the Spanish club’s financial difficulties, according to the Daily Mirror.
Manchester City have mocked Barcelona’s assertions that they think they can sign their man for just £60 million after using enough economic pressure to fulfill FFP.
Barcelona’s deceitful campaign to agitate the Portuguese midfielder has failed to convince Bernardo Silva to leave Manchester City.
The repeated assertions from the Nou Camp that the Catalan club anticipates luring Silva to La Liga have not been warmly received at the Etihad.
Silva’s agent, Jorge Mendes, has not informed City that the 28-year-old wants to leave, and City have yet to hear from Barca that they even have an interest in the player.
Next week, City will travel to Spain to play Barcelona in a friendly, and it’s assumed that Silva will accompany them to demonstrate that he’s not going anywhere.
When the transfer market ends, Pep Guardiola has indicated he is unsure if Silva will still be in his team.
For the first two games of the season, the City manager began the former Benfica and Monaco player on the bench out of concern that his head had been turned.
Silva has been unable to allay rumors that he wants to be bought out.
However, his exit seems unlikely even if he suddenly informs City that he wants to leave and Barcelona manages to come up with the cash the champions will require.
Silva requested the city for permission to leave last summer for private reasons; his preferred location was Spain.
Guardiola was able to convince the midfielder to buckle down and help the Blues clinch the title last summer after no club was able to match City’s £65 million asking price.
In the 4-0 victory over Bournemouth on Saturday, Silva, a £43.5 million acquisition from Monaco five years prior, had a thunderous welcome from City’s supporters when he entered as a second-half substitute.
At the final horn, he waved to his fans before throwing his shirt into the crowd. City claims he wasn’t saying farewell, though.
Silva is a beloved member of Guardiola’s team and has won four medals for championship victories, the FA Cup, and four League Cups with City.