While Pep Guardiola continues to insist he will not stand in the way of any player wanting to leave, Manchester City are unwilling to change their stance on the future of Barcelona target Bernardo Silva.
The 28-year-old is one of Xavi Hernandez’s main targets for the rest of the summer transfer window.
A move for the Portugal international has been in the works for some time but things look tough as the Catalans have been unable to sell Frenkie de Jong, whose departure is seen as key to Silva’s pursuit.
Despite reports claiming Man City could consider a bid of around €100m, a new update from Athletic’s Pol Ballus states that there is no amount of money that will change the position of the Premier League champions at the moment with only ten days left in the transfer window.
Silva was not in the starting XI for Manchester City‘s first two games of the season against West Ham United and Bournemouth, which had fueled speculation.
However, the midfielder was included in the line-up for City’s clash with Newcastle United earlier tonight and the club are counting on the Portugal international for the remainder of the season as they do not expect to receive an offer for him. also late in the window.
Silva joined City from AS Monaco in the summer of 2017 and flourished under Guardiola’s tutelage at the Etihad. The former SL Benfica ace has been instrumental in the success the Mancunians have achieved during this period.
And, as things stand, it looks like Silva will be spending another year at the Premier League club, with Barcelona likely having to wait until next summer to land the 28-year-old.