It is no secret that Barcelona hold a long-standing interest in Manchester City superstar Bernardo Silva.
But the club’s iffy financial situation has prevented them from signing the Portuguese international, who himself has been keen on making the move to Catalonia.
A transfer seemed possible this summer as Silva held off on a renewal and waited for Barça’s offer, but as was the case in the past, the La Liga champions could not muster up an offer that would convince City.
Eventually, Silva ended up signing a new contract with Man City, but the doors to a future move to Barcelona are not yet closed.
£50 million release clause in new contract
Indeed, according to Mundo Deportivo, while Silva has signed a new contract with Manchester City, the Portuguese international now has a release clause worth £50 million (€59 million) in the deal.
Silva only signed an extension for a year, renewing his contract from 2025 to 2026, with improved wages that puts him among the highest earners at the Etihad Stadium.
At the same time, though, the Portuguese international convinced the Cityzens to insert a £50 million release clause in his contract, which is well below the €80-100 million price the Premier League champions had asked for him in the past.
Silva still wants Barcelona
The report adds that Silva still wants to join Barcelona and as such has sought the insertion of the release clause of a fee that could be affordable for the Catalan heavyweights.
The attacking midfielder has been a dream target of Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez and the club still continue to hold an interest in him, although one concern could be that Silva will be turning 30 next August.
Either way, the provision seems to be there if Barça wish to make a move for Silva again after having failed three summers in a row.