Barca Desperate For Bernardo Silva

By Chigozie Anueyiagu, The Nigerian Voice Sports

Ahead of the openings of football seasons across the globe , clubs are still trying to pull up strings to desired players. And it is no longer a thing of surprise for Barca to still purchsethier players even In a financial deficit. Barcelona president Joan Laporta branded Bernardo Silva "a very good player" when asked about a possible move for the Manchester City attacker this summer.

Despite their financial problems, the Catalan giants have been able to improve their squad in the current market with the additions of Andreas Christensen, Franck Kessie, Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski and Jules Kounde.

Reports has it that the former Monaco man is up for sale.

Laporta called the 27-year-old "a very good player" when asked about a possible move, but he was not prepared to confirm an interest due to his respect for senior figures at Man City.

"He is a very good player. I have to respect, though, that he belongs to Manchester City. I have some friends there, like Pep Guardiola, Tixi Bergstein and Khaldoon Al Mubarak. There are a lot of people I know," Laporta said in an interview.

Bernardo has been a vital player for Man City since arriving from Monaco in July 2017, making 249 appearances in all competitions, contributing 48 goals and 50 assists.

Last term, he was again a key player for Guardiola's side, scoring 13 goals and registering seven assists in 50 appearances, and he still has three years left to run on his contract.

Bernardo attempted to leave the Etihad Stadium last summer, though, and it is believed that he is keen to return to Portugal or move to a Spanish club in the near future.

"Bernardo Silva wants to leave. There are two or three players who want to go. When they bring some offer and they want to leave, we are open to discuss... but it depends on them," Guardiola told reporters last summer.

Meanwhile, Bernardo told pressmen earlier this year: "I miss Portugal a lot. If I could go back in a year or two, I would. Not only because I would like to play for Benfica again, but because I miss my family and living in Portugal very much."