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Bernardo’s father on failed Barcelona move: “Things should be done rationally, not emotionally”

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Barcelona were heavily linked with a move for Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva all throughout the summer. However, the transfer failed to materialise and the Portuguese superstar ended up staying put at the Etihad Stadium.

The 28-year-old was one of Barça’s top transfer targets for the summer along with Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde. While they were able to land the latter two, a move for Silva could not come to fruition due to several factors.

For starters, Man City were reluctant to let go of their pivotal players and had slapped a €100 million price tag on him.

Even though they eventually warmed up to the idea of selling him as it became apparent that Silva wanted to move, an offer from Barcelona did not arrive on time. Eventually, Silva and City decided it was too late for a transfer, meaning Barça’s late push was not enough to pull off the deal.

Speaking to Stats Perform (h/t MARCA), Paulo Silva, Bernardo’s father, has opened up on the failed transfer to Barcelona, saying:

“There were a lot of talks, but no concrete offer was made at the times we thought were right. When it arrived, we realized that it was no longer the right time for all parties involved.

“Things have to happen rationally and it was not the ideal scenario for Bernardo. He is a mature player, he is 28 years old. Things should be done rationally, not emotionally “

While a transfer might not have materialised this summer, reports indicate that Barcelona are not quite done with their pursuit of Silva. Indeed, the Catalans are already planning a fresh approach to sign the 28-year-old Portuguese international next year.

Having stayed at Manchester City, Silva has already scored and assisted two goals each in six Premier League matches, helping his team to second place.

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