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Barcelona Hoping To Land This Manchester City Winger: What Will He Add To Xavi’s Side?

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In a recent report, Mundo Deportivo stated that Barcelona are hoping to land Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva next summer. It has been mentioned that the Catalan giants are determined to acquire the Portugal international’s services at the end of this campaign after failing to sign him earlier this year.

Silva’s Impressive Form At The Etihad Stadium This Season

Silva is made a promising start to this campaign with Man City as he has continued to perform at his best for them in the Premier League. The 28-year-old registered two goals and three assists in ten matches for the Mancunian giants this season across all fronts.

The Lisboa-born sensation gave a good account of himself in the final third based on his average of 1.1 tackles, 0.9 shots, 1.6 key passes and 1.0 dribbles per game in Premier League football. He has even been excellent when distributing the ball in the opponent’s half, as evidenced by his pass completion rate of 89.6% in top-flight football (stats via whoscored).

Silva is under contract at Man City until the summer of 2025. Hence, Pep Guardiola is under no pressure to cash in on him next year which could prove to be a big stumbling block for Barca and their pursuit of the player.

Nou Camp
Nou Camp

What Will Silva Add To Barcelona Head Coach Xavi’s Side?

Silva is a decent dribbler with the ball at his feet and can make some clever runs with the ball in the final third. He has got the eye to play a few decisive passes in and around the opposition penalty area and can even chip in by netting his fair share of goals on the attacking end of the field.

The Portugal international is primarily an attacking midfielder but can even fill in as a box-to-box midfielder or as a right-sided wide player if his manager tells him to do so.

At 28, Silva is playing at his peak at the moment and would make an immediate impact at the Nou Camp if Barcelona can devise a way to get him on board next year. He could help the Catalan giants challenge for some major trophies in the future and would be a perfect fit for Xavi’s style of play.

At 28, Silva is currently playing at his prime and would add more goals and assists to Barca’s frontline. Thus, the Catalan club should focus all their attention on getting a deal done for the Portuguese talent next summer.

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