Manchester United are pressing forward with their ambitions to capture Barcelona midfielder Frenkie de Jong in an ambitious transfer coup that might affect Manchester City and Bernardo Silva.
If Frenkie de Jong joins Manchester United this summer, Bernardo Silva may finally have the chance to join his dream club, Barcelona.
The Red Devils have made the Dutchman a major aim this season, with Erik ten Hag hoping to reunite with the player he helped shape at Ajax.
While it may appear to be a bold move on the surface, the fact that Barca has to sell some of their top players to balance their books implies that an exit is a possibility.
After losing Nemanja Matic and Paul Pogba on free transfers, United are in desperate need of reinforcements in the midfield.
The Barcelona star has been identified as one of the key targets, which might have ramifications down the line.
The feeling is reciprocal, as the Portugal international is said to be keen to complete a dream move to Barcelona.
After four seasons with the club, the 27-year-old was on the verge of leaving the Etihad in search of a fresh challenge.
This summer may be his last as he prepares for his sixth season in light blue.
Silva has made almost 250 appearances for City, scoring 48 goals and assisting 51 more. He has three years left on his contract.
He’s also won an FA Cup, four League Cups, and two Community Shields in addition to his four Premier League titles.
Silva’s primary reason for not leaving City in the summer of 2021 was because of Pep Guardiola, but that might change in the forthcoming transfer window if De Jong does join United.
It would be difficult for both the club and the player to refuse if Barcelona made a full-frontal attack on the former Monaco player.
That would be a tremendous blow to City, who enjoyed a fantastic season in which he helped them win the Premier League for the fourth time in five years, beating Liverpool in a nail-biting climax.
Silva enjoyed his finest season in the top flight last season, scoring eight goals in all competitions.
But it was always his goal to play at Barca, where he idolized Deco and was smitten by Andres Iniesta and Xavi. Silva’s dream of working under the Catalan coach would also come true.
However, if City go ahead and outbid United for De Jong, the story might be turned on its head. The English champions are also interested in the Dutch international.
Given their riches and prominence in the game, it may be difficult for the Barcelona star to turn down a transfer to the Etihad if Guardiola gives them the go ahead.
The Red Devils will not even have the luxury of playing in the Champions League.
Barcelona are expected to sign a number of free agents, including Andreas Christensen, Angel di Maria, and Franck Kessie, while Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski and Chelsea’s Marcos Alonso are both keen to join.
United are in the opposite scenario, with numerous players, including Juan Mata, Edinson Cavani, and Jesse Lingard, whose contracts are about to expire, leaving for nothing.