Just days after the signing of Jules Kounde, FC Barcelona are already considering the possibility of making one more major coup in the transfer market.
The player in question is Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese international has grabbed the headlines in recent days following bombshell reports of Manchester City offering the player to Barcelona and Real Madrid.
After the revelation, Barça have been closely monitoring the situation and are even open to signing the former AS Monaco starlet.
However, according to Mundo Deportivo, Barcelona’s pursuit of Silva strongly depends on the fate of Frenkie de Jong. The Dutchman must leave Camp Nou if the club are to afford the Manchester City superstar.
The English champions value Silva at a whopping figure of around €80 million. That is exactly the sum Barça would hope to generate from the sale of de Jong, who remains an option for Manchester United.
Although de Jong has refused to entertain interest from other clubs, the midfielder is facing severe internal pressure from the board, which may ultimately convince him to quit Barça.
However, it is fair to point out that Barcelona are in still financial peril and must utilise the funds attained from the de Jong transfer to register the newer signings, including Jules Kounde and Robert Lewandowski, among many others.
With that in mind, the Catalans may have to utilise their third economic lever if they are to afford Bernardo Silva’s €80 million price tag. It is a possibility the club could entertain given how highly Xavi rates the Man City superstar.
Not to mention, Real Madrid are the other top club offered the opportunity to sign the Portuguese international, whose potential move to Santiago Bernabeu is something Barcelona will be desperate to avoid.