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Barcelona Eyeing A Move For This Manchester City Star Next Summer: Can Pep Afford To Lose Him?

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In a recent report, Sport mentioned that Barcelona are eyeing a move for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva next summer. It is believed that the Catalan giants are planning to go back for the Man City winger after failing to land him earlier this year.

Silva’s Impressive Run Of Form At Manchester City

Silva enjoyed a brilliant season at the Etihad Stadium recently as he put in a run of influential performances in the final third and helped the Mancunian outfit secure another Premier League title. The 28-year-old found the back of the net on 13 occasions and earned seven assists in 50 matches for his current employers in the previous campaign on all fronts.

The Portugal international gave a good account of himself on the attacking end of the pitch by averaging 1.3 shots, 1.7 key passes and 1.5 per game in Premier League football. He was even tidy when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.6% in league football (stats via whoscored).

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Etihad Stadium

Can Manchester City Boss Pep Guardiola Afford To Lose Silva Next Summer?

Silva is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and has got the eye to play a decisive pass on the attacking end of the field. The Portuguese sensation can strike the ball well from long range and is a hard man to dispossess when he is running in full swing towards the opponent’s penalty box.

Silva has established himself as one of the most useful members of Pep Guardiola‘s squad because of his versatility to play in multiple positions in the opposition half. He is primarily a right-sided wide player but can operate as a box-to-box midfielder or as a left-winger if his manager asks him to do so.

At 28, the Lisboa-born talent is currently playing some of the best football of his career, so Manchester City simply cannot afford to let him go at the end of this campaign despite Barcelona’s recent interest in him as he has become an irreplaceable member of Guardiola’s first XI.

His contract with the Mancunian club is set to run out in the summer of 2025. Hence, Guardiola should think about tying Silva down to a new contract at the Etihad Stadium.

The Portuguese wing wizard has got what it takes to get even better in the coming seasons. Therefore, Man City should think about keeping hold of his services for the long run.

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