The Portugal international has played 178 Premier League games so far, registering 31 goals and 33 assists. He helped the Manchester outfit claim four Premier League titles, among other honours. Silva won the 2018-19’s Manchester City Player of the Season accolade and was also included in the PFA Premier League Team of the Season twice.
Barcelona plot Bernardo Silva move
According to a report by the Spanish newspaper, Sport(h/t ESPN), Barcelona are confident that they can afford a January move for Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva. The Blaugrana believe they have the resources to get the deal over the line following the retirement of Gerard Pique.
Barcelona tried signing Silva during the summer window. But the Cityzens were reluctant to sell the Portugal international. However, he remains a key target for the Spanish outfit and they could make another effort to sign him during the January window.
Silva’s current contract at the Etihad Stadium will expire in 2025. City are keen to offer him a new deal but he is expected to snub their offer. Apart from Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain have also shown interest in signing Silva in recent months.
The Blaugrana targeting Inigo Martinez to replace Gerard Pique
According to a report from Sport, Barcelona have agreed on a deal with Athletic Bilbao defender Inigo Martinez to sign him on a free transfer next summer. The Blaugrana sees him as a replacement for Gerard Pique, who recently announced his retirement.
Pique spent 14 and a half seasons as a professional footballer at Camp Nou between 2008 and 2022. He has played 615 games (in all competitions) for the Blaugrana, registering 53 goals and 15 assists. The Spaniard helped his boyhood club claim eight LaLiga trophies and three UEFA Champions League titles, among other honours.
Pique won the 2009-10’s La Liga Best Defender accolade and was also included in the La Liga Team of the Season twice.
Meanwhile, Inigo Martinez has been a consistent performer for Bilbao since joining from Real Sociedad in the summer window of 2018. He has scored five goals in 146 La Liga games for the Basque club so far.
Martinez will be out of contract at the end of the current season. Apart from Martinez, AC Milan’s Milan Skriniar is another defender linked with a move to Camp Nou in recent weeks.