In a recent print edition, Mundo Deportivo stated that Barcelona are eyeing a move for Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva this summer. It has been claimed that the Catalan giants have identified the Portugal international as one of their targets for this summer transfer window.
Silva’s Excellent Form At The Etihad Stadium Last Season
Silva had a successful campaign with Man City last season when he managed to perform at a high level as a key member of Pep Guardiola’s starting XI. The 27-year-old was involved in 50 matches for the Mancunian giants last season, scoring 13 goals and picking up seven assists across all competitions.
The Portuguese sensation was a consistent performer for Man City in the final third as he averaged 1.3 shots, 1.7 key passes, 1.6 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 1.5 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He even took care of the ball well in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass success rate of 89.6% in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).
What Will Silva Add To Barcelona Head Coach Xavi’s Team?
Silva is a technically gifted footballer who can make some clever runs with the ball in the opponent’s half. He has got the vision to cut open the opposition defence with a killer pass in the final third and can score a lot of important goals for his team. The Portugal international is primarily a left-sided wide player but can also play in the number ten position or as a box-to-box midfielder if required.
At the moment, Silva is playing at the top of his game, so Xavi will do well to get him on board during this summer transfer period. He is good enough to go directly into Barca‘s first XI and could be a real favourite amongst the Catalan club’s supporters in the future.
Silva has also got the winning mindset to help the Catalan club compete for a few major trophies in the coming seasons.