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Real Madrid lead Barcelona, PSG in race for €58 million Man City playmaker – English sources

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Despite their empty coffers, Barcelona have been linked with several big names over the years. While the feasibility of the deal has always been under question, Bernardo Silva is one such name.

Reports earlier this week brought to light that the Portuguese midfielder was looking to leave the Etihad this summer, and Barcelona was spoken of as his primary target.

After all, the Catalans have been hot in his pursuit for close to three years now, always falling short owing to their financial mess.

Headed to Madrid?

According to a report from Daily Star, Barcelona are not alone in the race with PSG, Real Madrid, Bayern Munich and Arsenal all interested in securing the winger’s services.

The English outlet then further that Barcelona’s arch-rivals Real Madrid have jumped into pole position to sign the talented Portuguese star.

Silva’s desire to play in Spain pits Barça and Real Madrid in a direct battle, but the Catalans’ financial situation means Real Madrid have the upper hand.

Real Madrid bound? (Photo by Alex Livesey/Getty Images)

Having faced Manchester CIty in every one of the last three UCL editions, Carlo Ancelotti’s side have witnessed Silva’s magic first-hand.

While he did indeed miss the decisive penalty for City earlier this week, they see him as one who can fit into the team’s dynamics.

A race against time

Not much needs to be said about Real Madrid’s financial stability and muscle, for their recent moves for Jude Bellingham and Aurelien Tchouameni prove the point.

Moreover, Los Blancos are set to sign Alphonso Davies and Kylian Mbappe in June, and the addition of Bernardo Silva to such a squad would render them unbeatable.

While Real Madrid will not hesitate to splash the cash on the Manchester City star, Barcelona still have hope as the player hopes to don the club’s crest.

Joan Laporta and Co., thus, are now in a race against time to facilitate big sales and reach the 1:1 transfer policy.

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