Barcelona and Manchester City have reportedly arrived at an agreement for Bernardo Silva, sparking rumours around the future of Frenkie de Jong. Barca, who are struggling to register their new signings for financial reasons, may now be forced to offload the Dutchman with Chelsea and Manchester United both heavily linked.
Man City boss Pep Guardiola has refused to rule out the prospect of Bernardo jumping ship in recent weeks. The Portuguese is an integral part of the manager’s set-up at the Etihad, but is thought to be keen on a switch to the Camp Nou after five productive years in the Premier League.
Many presumed Barca’s transfer business to be done after splashing out on Jules Kounde, Raphinha and Robert Lewandowski. But president Joan Laporta refuses to rest up and transfer expert Gerard Romero claims that they have agreed a fee of less than £67million for Bernardo.
The 27-year-old’s prospective exit would come as a major blow to City after scoring 13 goals in 50 appearances last term, providing relentless energy and technical ability in the middle of the park.
Although Bernardo generally plays further forward than De Jong, his skill set is not dissimilar to the Dutchman which suggests that Barca could be about to cut ties. Laporta has publicly stated that the club would be keen for him to stay, but reports indicate that they are furiously trying to decrease his wages behind the scenes.
Relevo claim that, during a phone call with Chelsea co-owner Todd Boehly, De Jong stated that his preference is still to stay with Barcelona – the club he ‘dreamed’ of playing for as a child. But a swoop for Bernardo could be the final nail in the coffin for the 25-year-old midfielder, who has plenty of high-profile admirers in the Premier League.