Barcelona ready to tempt Silva into making a summer move (Bernardo Silva is in action in the photo)
Bernardo Silva of Manchester City battles for possession with Joshua King of AFC Bournemouth during the Premier League match between Manchester City and AFC Bournemouth at Etihad Stadium on July 15, 2020 in Manchester, England. Football Stadiums around Europe remain empty due to the Coronavirus Pandemic as Government social distancing laws prohibit fans inside venues resulting in all fixtures being played behind closed doors. (Photo by Dave Thompson/Pool via Getty Images)

According to a recent report by The Telegraph (subscription required), Barcelona are ready to tempt Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva into making a summer move to the Nou Camp. The same source has also revealed that the Catalan outfit are willing to offer him a chance to play a key role in their first-team in the upcoming campaign.

Bernardo Silva’s Productive Season At The Etihad Stadium

The Portuguese wide player has enjoyed another solid season at the north-west of England after producing a series of dominant displays as an integral member of Pep Guardiola’s attack. He has featured in 52 matches for Man City this term, netting eight goals and providing ten assists in all competitions which sheds light on his incredible contributions in the final third.

Silva has proven himself to be a consistent performer based on his average of 1.0 tackles, 0.6 interceptions, 1.4 shots, 1.3 key passes and 1.1 dribbles per game in the Premier League and the UEFA Champions League this season. He has also been exceptional with his ball-distribution as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 90.2% in league football (stats via whoscored).

The 25-year-old has earned 43 international caps for the Portuguese national team, registering six goals for his homeland in the process. Maybe a summer move to the Nou Camp could help him get more first-team minutes which might propel him to reach new heights for both his club and country in the years to come.

Barcelona ready to tempt Silva into making a summer move (Bernardo Silva is seen in the picture)
Bernardo Silva of Manchester City runs from Ricardo Pereira of Leicester City during the Premier League match between Leicester City and Manchester City at The King Power Stadium on February 22, 2020, in Leicester, United Kingdom. (Photo by Michael Regan/Getty Images)

What Are The Portuguese Wing Wizard’s Best Attributes?

Silva can use his pace and guile to make some energetic runs towards the opposition penalty box. He is a potent goal-threat from long range and can also whip in a few inviting crosses from the wide areas. The Portuguese sensation is primarily a right-winger but can also play on the left flank or in the number ten position. However, Guardiola has sometimes used him as a box to box central midfielder due to his incredible work ethic and desire to win the ball back for his side at the centre of the park.

Is Bernardo Silva A Decent Choice For The Catalans?

A winger of Silva’s skillset will be a massive coup for Quique Setien ahead of the new season. He will not only add more goals and assists to the Barca frontline but also enhance the overall quality of their starting XI. Plus, he will increase competition for places within Setien’s squad which is always a bonus as it will help the Catalans compete for multiple trophies in the coming seasons.

At 25, Silva is currently enjoying the prime stage of his football career which Barcelona could look to benefit from in the future if they can lure him to the Nou Camp this summer. There is no doubt that he will be a fantastic signing for Barca before the start of the new campaign as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what it takes to taste success at the highest level.

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