Manchester City ‘to target Inter Milan’s Nicolo Barella’ if Bernardo Silva leaves the club this summer…with Barcelona and PSG keen on the Portuguese star.
If Bernardo Silva does depart the Etihad this summer, Manchester City may decide to focus their attention on Nicolo Barella.
After helping the team win an unprecedented treble last season, Silva continues to be the subject of rumors that he may depart Man City in this transfer window.
The 28-year-old Portuguese international is still a longtime favorite of Barcelona and PSG, who both want to sign him. Saudi Arabian teams have also shown an interest in the player.
City has given Silva a new contract to continue at the club since they don’t want to lose one of their key players. Tuttomercato claims that if Silva does depart, Barella is being considered as a potential replacement.
Silva is a different kind of player than the Italian, who faced Pep Guaridola’s team in the Champions League Final in June, but the City manager still supports the 26-year-old.
If City do decide to pursue Barella, the report suggests that Inter would be looking for a similar fee to what the Citizens were bidding for Declan Rice.
Which would mean the Italian club would be looking for an offer of around £90m to prize one of the their star assets away from the San Siro.
Industrious midfielder Barella played 52 times for Inter last season and is a regular in Roberto Mancini’s Italian set-up – including being part of the Italian’s triumph at Euro 2020.
So far this summer, City have already boosted their midfield ranks with the signing of Mateo Kovacic from Chelsea, having seen skipper Ilkay Gundogan end his association with the club with a move to Barcelona.
City will also see Riyad Mahrez end his spell in Manchester, with the winger set to complete a £30m move to Saudi club Al-Ahli.
The Premier League champions are also looking to finalise a deal to bring centre-back Josko Gvardiol to the club.
A club-record £90m fee has been agreed with RB Leipzig and the Croatian looks set to join the club imminently.