Barcelona are now prepared to sign €100 million premier league star after missing out last summer.
Plans for the following year are already in motion at Barcelona, despite the summer transfer window closing less than a month ago. According to Mundo Deportivo, the Catalans have also determined their main goal for the summer of 2023.
The superstar Bernardo Silva of Manchester City will reportedly be Barça’s top target for the upcoming summer transfer window after they failed to sign the 28-year-old earlier this year, according to the Spanish daily.
The Catalan club has been planning to host the Portuguese international for some time. Barcelona investigated the idea of acquiring the adaptable midfielder last year and again this past summer.
His €100 million price tag was only one of many obstacles that prevented the deal from happening. Nevertheless, the Blaugrana are unwilling to lose up even though they were unsuccessful in their chase of Silva.
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Despite the availability of great stars like Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Franck Kessie, and Gavi, manager Xavi Hernandez thinks the midfield still needs a superstar addition. And he wants the team to try to sign Silva from City once more the following year.
The Barcelona manager is looking for a player with Silva’s technical ability and understanding of positional play, as the squad struggled without Pedri late in the previous season due to injury.
Xavi has encouraged Barça to attempt signing Silva again next season because he is the ideal candidate given his demonstrated pedigree, experience, and maturity. The team is also fully supportive of their manager’s goals.
Barcelona will have to reduce salaries once more, as they did this summer, in order to keep someone like Silva on their payroll without exceeding La Liga’s salary cap. With his contract set to expire in the summer, Sergio Busquets’ likely exit would aid in that effort.
According to the source, Manchester City would prefer to pay Silva a total of €100 million, at least €80 million of which would be in fixed instalments.
It will be intriguing to see if Barcelona has the financial strength to complete the transaction next summer.