Manchester City News: After separating Bernardo Silva from rumours of a Manchester City departure this summer, Pep Guardiola might once again be the bane of his city’s competitors.
Unwelcome news for Manchester United, who had hopes that Silva would join La Liga powerhouse Barcelona, enabling the Spaniards to finally approve the departure of Dutch international Frenkie de Jong.
The Dutchman has been desperately sought after by United all summer. However, the transfer window’s final month has arrived and he is still a member of Barcelona.
Regarding Silva, Barcelona president Joan Laporta acknowledged that his team is interested in acquiring the Man City superstar, saying: “The players must first be registered. Those who don’t count must be removed. After that, we’ll assess our options.”
Manchester City News: What did Guardiola say?
When asked about Silva’s future by reporters, Guardiola responded as follows: “You may need to discuss your course [with the player] at times. I’ve emphasized numerous times that the player’s desire is the most crucial factor; I want everyone to try to get along and be happy here.”
When the City manager was informed that his unwillingness to explicitly state that Silva is remaining could give the impression that a departure is imminent, Guardiola responded, “I didn’t say that. All the time you know I say I want the best for the players. I want Bernardo to stay, without a doubt.
The remarks will be depressing to read from the standpoint of United. This will mean that their chances of obtaining De Jong’s signature suffer yet another setback. It has arguably been the transfer saga of the summer. However, the deal is looking less and less likely with each passing day.
De Jong was hesitant to sign with the Red Devils, but the two clubs involved in the agreement had already agreed on a fee.
Weeks have passed since Barcelona accepted United’s offer of £63 million plus add-ons, but little has changed since then.
Barcelona is keen on selling De Jong
De Jong is one of the few players still on the roster who may really make a significant transfer price by leaving. The Catalan club is desperate to manage his exit. The player’s side is digging in their heels and pushing for the right to remain.
The fact that Barcelona still owes De Jong almost £17 million in deferred salaries complicates any transfer further. He probably won’t go anywhere until that problem is fixed.
De Jong’s playing time would have undoubtedly decreased if Silva had joined Barcelona. It would have theoretically benefited the management at Camp Nou in their effort to try and force the former Ajax star out the door.