FC Barcelona can not meet Manchester City’s demands of €100 million for midfielder, Bernado Silva and are looking to reduce the price by at least €40 million, reports Diario Sport.
The Catalans will need to generate income in order to afford his signing, most likely through player sales. The availability of six central midfielders in the club might cause them to offload at least one of them this summer, with Frankie De Jong linked to City neighbours, Manchester United for an €85 million transfer.
The Spanish side are also in the process activating the second economic lever – by selling a further 15% of their TV rights, which is expected to bring in nearly €300-350 millions, as per Barcelona Universal.
Meanwhile, Bernardo is said to have given a ‘green light’ to work with Xavi and Barcelona in the summer. He has also informed Manchester City and Pep Guardiola about his decision.
The Spanish tactician has previously been expressive about not wanting to keep players who are ‘unhappy’ in the team.
Bernardo’s contract ends in 2025 and City are under no pressure to sell him for anything less than what they have asked for. Therefore, if the Spanish giants want to sign him, they must be willing to put a lot on the line to help them force the move.