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Report: Man City dealt potential Bernardo Silva concern amid reports from Spain

Report: Man City dealt potential Bernardo Silva concern amid reports from Spain

In the last 48 hours, news from Spain has given Manchester City and manager Pep Guardiola cause for concern regarding Bernardo Silva.

In an alternate universe, the Premier League winners may have lost a key player during the summer transfer window, with credible rumors indicating that Bernardo would have preferred to join Barcelona (Fabrizio Romano, via City Transfer Room).

Allegedly one of Xavi’s top transfer targets, Barca failed to meet City’s rumored £85 million transfer asking price for the Portugal international.

At least for the time being, Bernardo pledged his future to the Sky Blues, describing the club as “unbelievable” and expressing his satisfaction at Eastlands (via The Athletic).

BARCA have not given up on BERNARDO…

However, additional developments over the past 48 hours suggest that this may not be the end of the drama.

Sport reported on Friday morning that Barca “had not yet given up” on signing the midfielder and “will return” as soon as they have a chance, adding that Bernardo “liked” the transfer.

Pep Guardiola possible concern

According to the most recent rumor, Xavi’s club was ‘willing’ to make a significant financial commitment to buy the 28-year-old, and City were open to negotiations.

Given the player’s previous desire to make the transfer, Barca’s determination, and City’s readiness to negotiate, Guardiola may be concerned about the Spanish team coming back in for Bernardo.

The City manager has spoken publicly about the importance of the 28-year-old to the champions’ style of play and how losing the ‘irreplaceable’ forward would be devastating.

Bernardo was one of their players of the year in 2021/22 and has started the new season well, scoring two goals and assisting on two more in four league appearances (WhoScored).

Report: Man City dealt potential Bernardo Silva concern amid reports from Spain

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