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Manchester City demand Barcelona shell out €100 million for Bernardo Silva

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As we near the end of June, Barcelona must soon begin registering new players and building the desired workforce for the 2022/23 campaign.

They have managed to agree deals with Franck Kessie and Andreas Christensen ahead of the new season, but the club are expected to bring in a few more players, including Robert Lewandowski and a new midfielder.

While Barça are in talks to sign Lewandowski, the acquisition of a new midfielder is tricky, as it is dependent on the fate of Frenkie de Jong.

To make things more complicated, Xavi rates the midfielder very highly and only wants to bring in a player capable of offering the same quality, if the club do intend to sell the Dutchman in the summer.

Bernardo Silva has been identified as the desired option for coach Xavi. The Spaniard rates the Manchester City star highly due to his technical brilliance and ability to offer the creative essence in the final third.

Xavi believes Silva has what it takes to become the midfield partner for Pedri. The two interior midfielders can help the Barça coach recreate the midfield duo of Xavi and Andres Iniesta, during Pep Guardiola’s time at the club.

Guardiola has made a promise to Silva about allowing him to depart Etihad Stadium as well, but only if Barcelona or any interested party meet the club’s desired figures.

That is where things get even more complicated, as Catalunya Radio suggests Manchester City are set to demand a figure of around €100 million for the services of Bernardo Silva.

Barcelona consider €100 million to be too high for Silva, taking in the €55 million they paid for Ferran Torres as a reference.

Just like Xavi, Guardiola holds the Portuguese international in high esteem and does not want to let him go in the summer, especially after a fruitful 2021/22 campaign.

Although the Man City coach has allowed the player to leave Etihad, it appears the club are trying to hold him off by pricing Barcelona out of the race.

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