Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva has already reportedly agreed personal terms with FC Barcelona, though the Catalan giants will need to pay €80m (£70m) if they’re to complete the signing.
According to Mundo Deportivo, the La Liga side have been in talks with Silva over a potential move, with the Portuguese international open to signing for Barcelona, however, City themselves are eager to retain the midfielder, with sporting director Txiki Begiristain setting a £70m price tag on the former AS Monaco star.
City are on course for a record-breaking transfer window in terms of money brought in through transfer fees, with the Premier League champions currently setting a UK record for how much they have made through selling players such as Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling and Oleksandr Zinchenko, as well as numerous academy talents.
And this figure, currently standing at £173m across both the seniors and the U-23s as per Transfermarkt, could somehow increase if Barcelona manages to find the money to meet City’s demands for Silva, something which might happen given how ludicrous the La Liga side’s window has been this year.
Despite crippling debt, Xavi Hernandez has recruited heavily this summer, signing the likes of Robert Lewandowksi, Raphinha and most recently Jules Kounde, yet it appears that their spending won’t stop yet, with Silva now in the club’s sights.
Indeed, City are well in their right to demand a high transfer fee for Silva, who last season was one of the club’s best players and one of the Premier League’s most entertaining midfielders to watch, and for Barcelona, they would be foolish to once again break the bank to try and sign the 27-year-old playmaker.
Barcelona’s dealings this summer have been nothing short of bombastic, and whilst their squad for next season is looking stronger than it has in years, there’s no denying that the European giants are making a huge gamble with their spending, and adding Silva from continental rivals City would be the nail in the coffin.
After all, Barcelona’s odds of somehow getting out of debt feel like one in a million, and whilst Silva would be an incredible signing, the £70m transfer fee would only add to the Catalan side’s incredible financial problems, something they just simply can’t afford to do at this stage of the summer.