Days after Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola admitted that he wants his midfielder, Bernardo Silva to stay, a recent update from journalist Gerard Romero has confirmed that the Portuguese is now hunting for a property in Barcelona through the same agency that helped Jules Kounde.
Barcelona’s interest in Bernardo Silva is no more a secret. However, for the Blaugrana to make this transfer a reality, they need to make space in the current roster which is currently impractical as there have been no significant exits so far.
In order to make way for the Portuguese, Barcelona know they need to get rid of a certain Frenkie de Jong and if not, they need to activate the fourth financial lever which will solve most of their problems.
As far as the player is concerned, it is believed that he is not against the idea of switching alliances, but Guardiola is seeming reluctant to lose his main man mostly because City don’t have a ready replacement at hand.
“I would love Bernardo to be here. He is a very special player. But I don’t know what is going to happen,” Guardiola was quoted as saying.
“The answer was the same as last season. You ask me every week, I always say I want the best for the players. I want Bernardo to stay. 100 percent,” he added.
While expressing his personal wish, the Catalan added that if the player, himself, is willing to move, he would not stand in the way.
“But at the same time if you want to leave, have an offer, clubs come to an agreement. Common sense. He’s an important player, special, but I don’t know what will happen,” said the City manager.
For now, before looking into Bernardo’s transfer, Barcelona’s priority is to register all of their five new signings. Their first approach was rejected by La Liga as the league committee believed they are still falling behind.
Hence, the only option Barcelona have is to active the fourth lever. Post that and the registration of new players, they might look for solutions to sign Bernardo Silva.