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Manchester City Star Told To Be Barcelona’s Next Big Signing: Should Guardiola Sanction His Exit?

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In a recent report from Manchester Evening News, it is mentioned that Manchester City star Bernardo Silva could be Barcelona’s next big signing. It is also stated that the Catalan club are determined to get his signature in the next summer transfer window after the Portuguese ace was linked to a move last summer.

Silva’s Impressive Run Of Form At Manchester City

Silva has had a solid start this season with Man City as he continues to perform at a high level. The City playmaker has scored two goals and produced three assists over ten appearances for the Mancunian giants this season across all competitions.

The Lisboa-born sensation has expressed himself flawlessly 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 the Premier League. He has even been accurate in distributing possession to his teammates, after completing 89.6% of his attempted passes in the English top-flight (stats via whoscored).

Bernardo Silva
Bernardo Silva

Should Guardiola Sanction His Exit?

Silva can make a few clever runs with the ball towards the opponent’s penalty box and has got the vision to make decisive passes to set up his teammates in front of the goal. He can shoot the ball with power and accuracy from long range. Furthermore, he has the ability to keep hold of the ball and get out of tight situations when under pressure.

The 28-year-old is primarily a right-sided wide player but can even play as a left-winger or as a box-to-box midfielder if required. This versatility makes him a decent fit for any club as he remains flexible in playing virtually anywhere in the final third.

The Sky Blues will be dealt with a huge blow considering his exit as he remains a key player in their offence. Guardiola will need to find a decent replacement to fill his shoes and that could be a difficult task given that he is one of the best in Europe. Bernardo Silva has helped the Etihad club win many competitions over the years but his exit could pose a significant threat as it would create a permanent void in the midfield department. The Spanish tactician should do whatever it takes to keep him at the club, even if it means offering him a higher wage and extending his contract.

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