PSG ‘will try their luck’ to sign Man City midfielder Bernardo Silva; Barcelona still keen

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Reported PSG target Bernardo Silva during a warm-up Credit: PA Images
Reported PSG target Bernardo Silva during a warm-up Credit: PA Images

French champions PSG are reportedly ‘determined’ to beat Barcelona to the signing of Manchester City playmaker Bernardo Silva.

Barcelona – who are in a colossal amount of debt – have been extremely active this summer, bringing in Raphinha, Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and renewing Ousmane Dembele’s contract.

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They are hoping to sell midfielder Frenkie de Jong in order to balance the books, however, they owe the Dutchman £14-17m in deferred wages.

De Jong is believed to be against a move elsewhere for not just footballing reasons, but because of the money he is owed by the club.

Manchester United agreed a fee with the Blaugrana earlier this summer, but have been unable to convince the player to switch Catalonia for Manchester.

The Red Devils’ struggles in recent seasons – on top of their lack of Champions League football – has made personal terms a huge stumbling block.

Chelsea – who won the Champions League last year and qualified for the competition through the league in 2021/22 – have reportedly registered an interest in De Jong.

Barcelona are thought to be relying on the sale of the former Ajax midfielder if they are to conduct more business in the transfer market.

If De Jong leaves, they will receive around £70million, meaning they can sanction a transfer for Man City’s Bernardo Silva, who will apparently cost around that figure.

It was revealed last month that Barca ‘want’ to sign Premier League trio Cesar Azpilicueta, Marcos Alonso and Silva before the summer window closes.

Meanwhile, a report elsewhere suggested that City would be open to selling their Portuguese playmaker in order to fund the signing of Lyon’s Lucas Paqueta.

While Barca boss Xavi sees Silva as ‘the final piece of the puzzle’ and club president Joan Laporta is confident he can strike a deal, the La Liga giants could face some competition for the player’s signature.

According to French outlets Le10sport and Foot Mercato, PSG have joined Barca in pursuit of Silva.

The Parisiens will ‘try their luck’ for the 27-year-old and are ‘determined’ to sign him.

He is ‘ready to leave’ City after winning four Premier League titles, one FA Cup and four League Cups with the club.

Having played for Monaco, Bernardo is ‘open’ to returning to France. New PSG sporting director Luis Campos brought the Portuguese star to the Monegasques from Benfica in 2014.

‘Several doors are open’ for the player, who is now Campos’ ‘priority’ between now and the end of the window.

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