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Barcelona will have to shell out €77 million to sign Joan Laporta’s priority target

As we soon head into the last two weeks of the summer transfer window, there are some player with huge question marks over their future — those that want to leave but cannot, and also players who don’t want to leave but are being forced to.

While someone like Frenkie de Jong obviously falls into the latter, we can assume Bernardo Silva’s case to be in the former. The Manchester City star wants to leave the Premier League this summer, and Barcelona are leading the race for his signature.

Ben Jacobs reports that Barcelona and Man City have not reached any sort of agreement for the player. The two clubs are very far apart in terms of valuation.

Gerard Romero had reported earlier that Barcelona want to shell out €60 million, at max, for the Portuguese. But Jacobs claims that if they want to acquire him, Joan Laporta will have to table at least €77 million (£65 million).

Bernardo went on record yesterday to clear out some air regarding his future. While subtle, his desire to leave Etihad is clear.

“My relationship with the club is very honest. I’ve been open with them and they know what I want. If I stay, I’m very happy and I will always respect this club and give all my best,” he said.

The 27-year-old also said that “City don’t want players who are not happy at the club”, which directly goes in line with what Pep Guardiola has reiterated time and again since his tenure.

He said this during Ferran Torres’ exit, and then again recently when talking about Bernardo: “I would love Bernardo to be here. He is a very special player. But I don’t know what is going to happen.”

While reports have taken a complete U-turn recently regarding Bernardo and Frenkie de Jong’s sales, it seems at the end, it will come down to the Dutchman’s future.

 

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