Manchester City’s hopes of keeping Bernardo Silva rise after Barcelona ‘dirty tricks’

FC Barcelona’s relentless pursuit of Manchester City midfield gem Bernardo Silva has continued to rage in the final weeks of the summer transfer window.

The 28-year-old has been rumored to want a move away from the Etihad club for almost two years now, but a Covid-hit market has seen Bernardo Silva stay in sky blue.

Meanwhile, the Portugal international has established himself as a crucial player in Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City squad, thanks in large part to his non-stop drive on the pitch.

This summer though, Barcelona went public with their desire to go for Bernardo Silva, with club president Joan Laporta mentioning his name on several occasions when talking about their transfer plans.

According to Simon Mullock of the Mirror, the Premier League club are unwilling to sell Bernardo Silva – and have set a price tag of over £80million for the midfielder.

Knowing that Barcelona are currently going through a period of extreme financial difficulties, the Etihad hierarchy should be confident to keep their man.

Besides, the report revealed that the La Liga club had ‘exploded their hopes’ of agreeing a deal for Bernardo Silva following ‘dirty tricks’ in an attempt to destabilize the player.

Bernardo Silva is open to a move to Barcelona (Action Plus Sports Images / Alamy)

According to the report, Barcelona’s very public confidence in signing the 28-year-old hasn’t gone down well with Manchester City‘s decision-makers.

The Premier League champions have yet to be officially notified by the Spanish club of their interest in the player.

To make matters worse, the player’s agent, Jorge Mendes, didn’t inform them that Bernardo Silva wanted to leave.

Pep Guardiola’s decision to keep Silva on the bench in the first two Premier League games of the season has led to speculation the midfielder is closer to leaving than the club are letting on.

Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Bernardo Silva.
Pep Guardiola gives instructions to Bernardo Silva.

However, all reports from the club’s public and private channels indicate that they expect Silva to remain a Manchester City player this season.

This is actually largely due to Barcelona’s financial problems.

Next up for the Blues is a trip to Newcastle United as they look to win a third successive Premier League game.

But a trip to St. James Park is no longer the free hit of years past thanks to a new investment in the North East club.

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