Even though it has been less than a month since the summer transfer window closed, plans are underway at Barcelona for the next year already. And the Catalans have identified their chief objective for the summer of 2023, reports Mundo Deportivo.
As per the Spanish publication, Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva will be Barça’s main aim for the transfer window next summer after they missed out on the 28-year-old earlier this year.
The Portuguese international has been on the Catalan club’s agenda for quite some time now. Barcelona had looked into the possibility of signing the versatile midfielder last year and explored the avenue again this past summer.
However, multiple factors, one of which was his €100 million price tag, prohibited the move from materialising. But, despite not being successful in their pursuit of Silva, the Blaugrana are not prepared to give in.
Manager Xavi Hernandez believes that the midfield department still needs a superstar addition despite the availability of top stars like Pedri, Frenkie de Jong, Franck Kessie and Gavi. And he wants the club to make attempts to sign Silva again from City next year.
The Barcelona manager wants a player of his technical quality and understands the positional play like Silva does as the team went flat during Pedri’s injury-enforced absence towards the back end of the last season.
Given his proven pedigree, experience and maturity, Silva is seen as the ideal target by Xavi and he has asked Barça to try signing him again next term, with the club also very much in agreement with their manager’s vision.
However, like this summer, Barcelona will again need to cut their wages to accommodate someone like Silva on their payroll without breaching La Liga’s salary limits. Sergio Busquets’ potential departure in the summer, with his contract expiring, would help in that cause.
Manchester City would want a total package of €100 million for Silva, with at least €80 million of that amount being in fixed payments, the report adds. Whether Barcelona have the financial mettle to pull off the deal next summer will be interesting to see.