Barcelona must sell Frenkie de Jong to sign Man City star | Soccer

Silva wants to leave City this summer (Picture: Getty)

Bernardo Silva has informed his agent that he wants to leave Manchester City are set to join Barcelona this summer but the Catalan giants are likely to have to sell Frenkie de Jong to fund the move.

Silva is firmly on Barcelona’s radar and Xavi wants to bring him to the Camp Nou as part of his rebuild.

Pep Guardiola is keen to keep the Portugal international at the Etihad Stadium but has insisted he will not keep a player who wants to move elsewhere.

“To this day I think Bernardo Silva will stay at Manchester City next season. Our goal as a club is for him to stay with us,” Guardiola said last month.

“That’s our intention, although I don’t like to keep unlucky players at City.”

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Guardiola has said he will not force Silva to stay at City (Image: Getty)

Corresponding SPORT, Silva is now taking steps to ensure the move goes ahead and has told his agent Jorge Mendes that he wants to be a Barcelona player next season.

Silva is signed at City until 2025, with the Premier League champions setting his asking price at a whopping €100m.

Barcelona hope to bring the amount down to €60m but the report adds that the move could depend on De Jong’s future.

Manchester United remain in talks with Barcelona over a deal to sign the Netherlands international and are set to finalize a £68million deal.

And if no money is raised by selling De Jong, SPORT will add that Barcelona are unlikely to be able to fund a move for Silva this summer.

Meanwhile, Barcelona are also hoping for Bayern Munich’s Robert Lewandowski.

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