Man City ‘set Bernardo Silva asking price’ for Barcelona and more transfer rumours
Manchester City have reportedly named their price for Bernardo Silva amid ongoing interest from Barcelona.
Despite being heavily linked with a move away from the Etihad Stadium last summer, Bernardo stayed put and for most of the season was one of City’s stand-out performers on the pitch. The 27-year-old scored 13 goals and added seven assists from 50 appearances in all competitions.
Tottenham were reportedly keen to land Bernardo last summer. However, they did not meet the £60million valuation set and City were, also, priced out of a high-profile swoop for Harry Kane moving in the other direction.
With the market now open again, interest in the Portugal international has resurfaced, but mainly from abroad, with cash-strapped Catalan giants Barcelona among those linked. Reports from The Mirror suggest City would be willing to discuss a deal for the player, but only if suitors are willing to pay £80million.
Bernardo started his career with Benfica and signed for City in a €50million transfer from AS Monaco in 2017.
Elsewhere, competition for Gabriel Jesus is hotting up across Europe and Italian side Juventus reportedly see Chelsea as their biggest threat to attracting his signature. Jesus, 25, has 12 months left to run on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
Arsenal want the player as a first-choice option to lead their line next season. However, the Brazilian appears to be in demand as managers continue to plot their summer business.
Jesus played a key role for Pep Guardiola in important matches towards the end of last season and his overall record for the club reads 95 goals and 46 assists from 236 games in all competitions. Italian publication Calciomercato hint that Juventus are willing to compete with Premier League suitors for his sought-after services.