Super-agent Jorge Mendes is at it again, parading one of his most valuable clients to the biggest teams in Europe. No, we are not talking about Cristiano Ronaldo, who has been rejected by pretty much every top team in Europe.
L’Equipe reports that Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been offered to both Barcelona and Real Madrid by Mendes. The Portuguese midfielder is apparently looking to leave Manchester for the second season running, and aims to join a top team.
City’s stance on the issue is clear, though, as they are not looking to part ways with Bernardo. The midfielder was one of the best players in Europe last season, but his efforts were not enough to lead them to the Champions League.
The report states that Bernardo will reportedly cost somewhere between €80-100 million. Pep Guardiola will look to replace him with Olympique Lyonnais attacking midfielder Lucas Paqueta, but the Brazilian’s arrival completely depends on Bernardo’s future.
Barcelona have been linked to the 27-year-old through the entire summer. The player, too, is happy to join Xavi’s side, as a childhood fan of the club. The personal terms will not a problem, much like the Raphinha and Jules Kounde deal.
The price tag, however, definitely will. If the Blaugranas cannot sell Frenkie de Jong in the summer – for nearly €85 million -, they will not be able to afford Bernardo’s signing at any cost.
Xavi reportedly wanted recreate his partnership with Andres Iniesta using Pedri and Bernardo, but as it stands, that is a far-fetched dream.
That said, the Real Madrid rumours are completely fresh. Los Blancos bought Aurelien Tchouameni from AS Monaco for around €100 million, which was thought to be the end of their transfer window.
Moreover, with Luka Modric, Toni Kroos, Feder Valverde, and Eduardo Camavinga covering central midfield roles, it is difficult to see where Bernardo fits.