Ousmane Dembélé’s imminent departure is a fact, with his move to PSG pending official confirmation. Meanwhile, according to MD, Barcelona’s top priority is to secure the signature of Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese midfielder is Xavi’s most coveted target. As per reliable sources, the operation is already. President Joan Laporta, Mateu Alemany, and Deco, gave the green light to this operation, and sprung into action. All other considerations have been put on hold to focus solely on the Bernardo Silva deal. This could determine the course of the entire transfer market.
Insiders reveal that the negotiations are simmering slowly, and Barcelona is exploring ways to convince Manchester City, as Bernardo Silva, represented by Jorge Mendes, is genuinely allured by the prospect. The Portuguese star is eager to join Barcelona and is prepared to push for a City exit. While the task won’t be easy, both Barcelona and Bernardo Silva have faith in Pep Guardiola’s promise. The Catalan coach pledged to let Silva leave if a compelling offer arrived. Indeed, Bernardo Silva holds a pivotal role in Guardiola’s setup.
The player acknowledges Guardiola’s role in his development, having honed into a top-class midfielder under the City boss’s guidance. Yet, Barcelona has remained a lifelong dream for Bernardo Silva, nurtured since his childhood, when he aspired to emulate legends like Messi, Xavi, and Iniesta. His sole intention is to leave City for Barcelona, hence turning down offers from the likes of Saudi Arabia and more recently, PSG.
Where there’s money, there’s hope
Guardiola has been aware of Bernardo’s aspirations since the 2021/22 season, although Barcelona failed to submit a formal offer last summer. Now, the player’s camp is hopeful that the Catalans will be more proactive and engage in formal negotiations with Manchester City. They insist that where there’s money, there’s hope of seeing Silva don the blaugrana jersey. The key here is to address ‘fair play’ regulations.
Should Bernardo Silva make his way to Barcelona, the club believes it would significantly bolster the squad despite Dembélé’s departure. They view the Portuguese midfielder as a more reliable player in crucial moments, with greater influence on the game. While he may lack Dembélé’s explosive pace, Silva offers more goals and assists.
No room for delay
Both Barcelona and the player’s camp recognize that this situation cannot be drawn out indefinitely, at the specific request of Bernardo. He is keen to avoid a repeat of the previous two summers and seeks prompt action and seriousness from Barcelona. Time is of the essence, as he has no intention of waiting until the end of the summer.
While he is open to discussing his desire to join Barcelona with Guardiola, Bernardo Silva holds utmost respect for his current club. He understands the need for prompt action so that Manchester City can hit the market to find a suitable replacement, should they allow him to leave. Consequently, Barcelona has expedited other player exits to focus on this demanding operation. This time, they are fully committed to demonstrating their resolve to Bernardo Silva.