After having pursued his signing for the last two summer transfer windows, Barcelona have decided to cool off their interest in Manchester City midfield superstar Bernardo Silva.
This claim comes from SPORT, who state that the Blaugrana have decided to move on from the Portuguese international as a target to bolster their midfield department.
Barça’s admiration for Silva is no big secret. The Catalans made an attempt to sign him in the summer of 2021 and the most recent transfer window as well. However, financial circumstances prevented the deal from happening on both occasions.
But it was suggested that the Catalans would again go for Silva next summer as Xavi saw the former SL Benfica and AS Monaco as the final piece of the puzzle for his midfield unit.
However, that does not appear to be the case any longer as Barcelona have reportedly decided to call off their pursuit of Silva.
The report suggests that there are several reasons behind the La Liga leaders’ decision to no longer seek the signing of the Manchester City superstar.
For starters, his age is seen as a hindrance, as Silva will be turning 29 when the next season starts. On top of that, City’s demands for the midfielder would be an issue for the Blaugrana given their financial situation.
It has been suggested that Manchester City would hold out for at least €80 million as the starting price for Silva, which would be a major problem, despite the Portuguese ace’s desire to move to Spotify Camp Nou.
Furthermore, Pedri and Gavi have developed very well and have consolidated their positions as the future of the Barcelona midfield unit. And with Frenkie de Jong thriving again and being seen as ‘untouchable’ by Xavi, the Catalans will focus on bolstering other positions on the pitch.
There is an urgent need to upgrade the right-back slot, while Barça will also need to sign a replacement for Sergio Busquets. With Martin Zubimendi, Xavi’s desired option for the pivot position, set to cost €60 million, it is easy to understand why the club will no longer consider a move for Silva.