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Bernardo Silva eyeing Barcelona move next summer

Manchester City’s talented playmaker, Bernardo Silva, has set his sights on a potential move to Barcelona in the upcoming summer transfer window, where he aims to reunite with Xavi and former teammate Ilkay Gündogan. Although Bernardo Silva recently renewed his contract with Manchester City, he remains committed to the idea of joining Barcelona, a club that has long captured his interest.

Despite being one of Pep Guardiola’s key players, Bernardo Silva’s previous contract did not reflect his significance within the team’s ranks, as he was not among the highest earners at the club. Over the past two years, he had declined contract extension offers from City, holding out hope for a move to Barcelona. However, Barcelona’s financial constraints this year prevented them from pursuing Bernardo Silva, despite him being the top choice signing for Xavi and his coaching staff, as reported by Mundo Deportivo.

To improve his contractual terms and recognizing Barcelona’s financial difficulties, Bernardo Silva agreed to extend his contract with Manchester City for just one additional season, stretching from 2025 to 2026. This extension included an enhanced salary, placing him among the club’s top earners. Notably, a release clause was incorporated into the contract, setting the starting price at £50 million (approximately €58.5 million based on exchange rates). This price significantly undercuts the value at which Manchester City initially valued him, which ranged from €80 million to €100 million.

Bernardo Silva’s unwavering desire is to secure a move to Barcelona, and the inclusion of the release clause in his contract reflects his commitment to this goal. However, a potential obstacle lies in the fact that he will turn 30 next summer, prompting the need for Barcelona to act swiftly if they intend to secure his services.

Additionally, the Portuguese player’s personal circumstances played a pivotal role in his decision-making process this summer. He became a father for the first time at the end of August and wanted to have his future sorted before embarking on this new chapter of family life. Barcelona had made efforts to acquire him, proposing a one-year loan with a mandatory purchase option set at £50 million. Now, following his recent contract extension, Bernardo Silva has officially established this price, meaning any club, including Barcelona, that wishes to sign him will need to meet this valuation to acquire his services.

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