Man City attach exorbitant price to Barcelona-linked midfield star

Manchester City have reportedly attached an £80m price tag to Bernardo Silva amid interest from Spanish giants Barcelona.

Silva, 27, was heavily linked with leaving City last summer but ended up staying put and winning another Premier League title under Pep Guardiola.

Barcelona were keen on the Portugal international but could not meet City’s asking price of £60million, while rumors of a move to Tottenham Hotspur, as part of a Harry Kane deal, do have not materialized.

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Barca are now believed to have reignited their interest in Silva as they seek to find a replacement for Frenkie de Jong. who could well be sold to Manchester United this summer.

City, however, are unwilling to part ways with Silva after his outstanding performance last season. According to the mirrorthey have increased their valuation of the playmaker to at least £80million in order to ward off any interest.

This, in turn, could have a serious impact on United’s pursuit of De Jong as if Barca are unable to find a suitable replacement for the midfielder, they will be less willing to sell.

According to ex-Liverpool striker Stan Collymore, United shouldn’t pursue De Jong anyway. He described the move as ‘disappointing’ and claimed De Jong could be the new Donny van de Beek.

“Manchester United’s pursuit of Frenkie De Jong is completely disappointing,” he said to the mirror.

“Don’t get me wrong, De Jong is a good player, he has all the attributes and would be a decent addition to the team. But I wonder if he is someone who will take United to the next level and the answer, frankly, is “No.” In fact, he reminds me of his compatriot Donny van de Beek.

“I know Van de Beek didn’t get the opportunities he deserved at United and De Jong will have a chance with Erik ten Hag. But if I’m at Liverpool or Manchester City, I’m definitely not going to worry. the fact that Manchester United seem likely to sign Frenkie de Jong this summer.

Eleanor C. William