Manchester City have reportedly offered Bernardo Silva to Barcelona for £67m in a U-flip to fund a deal for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta.
Which is in accordance to L’Equipe, or at the very least we imagine it is, as both of those The Solar and Each day Mail have connected to the homepage of the French outlet, relatively than a unique tale.
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Barcelona have been joined with Bernardo for some time, with a report before this month boasting manager Xavi noticed the Portugal intercontinental as the ‘final piece of his jigsaw’ at the Nou Camp.
Pep Guardiola warned the Catalans off the Metropolis forward at that place, insisting he’s not for sale, but the most recent reviews suggest the Spanish manager has experienced a change of heart.
Erling Haaland and Kalvin Phillips have moved to the Etihad this summer season, but the club have also banked around £150m while participant sales with Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus the superior-profile departures.
And L’Equipe now declare Metropolis have available Bernardo to Barcelona for £67m, in an try to elevate money for Paqueta.
The Lyon midfielder has been joined with both Arsenal and Newcastle this summer months, and Gunners director Edu recently confirmed his admiration for the Brazil global.
“I’m a guy who likes him a ton, I’ve normally liked him, considering that my time with Brazil’s countrywide team. He’s had a excellent time, he was regarded the most effective [overseas] player in the French league.
“But right now, there truly isn’t any type of discuss, there is only my admiration for the player, for the reason that the squad today is, in the placement he plays, I assume we’re pretty properly served in this regard.”
The report statements City will use the dollars produced from the sale of Bernardo to make a bid for Paqueta, and will have been boosted by Lyon chief Bruno Cheyrou refusing to rule out player sales.
Cheyrou explained: “We need to minimize the squad dimensions. In conditions of departures, we will analyse provides on a scenario-by-scenario foundation but the economics will appear into consideration.
“We will take into consideration the offers with [owner] Jean-Michel Aulas and [technical director] Vincent Ponsot in buy to make the very best selections. I am listed here to ensure the ideal group doable, but there are other matters to just take into account as nicely.”
When asked specifically about Paqueta’s likely exit, Cheyrou additional: “We are well prepared for every eventuality.”