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Barcelona Show Keen Interest In This Manchester City Midfielder: Should Xavi Bring Him To Camp Nou?

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In a recent report, Sports Illustrated mentioned that Barcelona are admittedly showing great interest in the Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva. It is understood that Xavi hopes to revamp the squad ahead of the next season and the Catalan giants have identified this Portuguese midfielder to act as a reinforcement.

Silva’s Impressive Campaign For The Sky Blues This Season

The 27-year-old has undergone a solid campaign at Manchester City, as he produced some influential displays in the final third. He has managed to score 13 goals and create 7 assists over 50 appearances this season across all competitions.

The Portugal international is a key player in Guardiola’s midfield and has featured as a starter for most of the season. He has given a good account of himself after averaging 1.1 shots, 1.4 key passes, 1.5 tackles, 0.5 interceptions and 1.4 dribbles per game in the Premier League. He has been exceptional in passing the ball to his teammates after completing 89.6 % of his attempted passes in the English top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

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MANCHESTER, ENGLAND – APRIL 26: Bernardo Silva of Manchester City celebrates with teammate Phil Foden after scoring their side’s fourth goal during the UEFA Champions League Semi-Final Leg One match between Manchester City and Real Madrid at Etihad Stadium on April 26, 2022, in Manchester, England. (Photo by Laurence Griffiths/Getty Images)
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Should Barcelona Boss Xavi Secure His Signature This Summer?

Bernardo Silva has a strong presence in the central areas of the pitch. He does well to win the ball from the opposition and has a high defensive work rate. Silva excels at getting past the defenders with his agility and pace. Furthermore, he can also create some clear cut goal-scoring chances in the attacking third with his passing abilities.

The Portuguese midfielder primarily plays in the holding position but remains versatile enough to feature in any position in the frontline. He would be a great fit for Barcelona as he has already adapted to a high possession playstyle and that would help him link up with his teammates to hold the ball and distribute possession in Xavi’s midfield.

A player of his calibre would be a brilliant addition to the squad as he would add more depth and bring more competition to the Catalan’s midfield. Xavi would be wise to bring him to Camp Nou but considering their financial situation currently, offering a deal is a long way off.

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