It is well known that Bernardo Silva, a star for Manchester City, is a target for Barcelona.
But despite the Portuguese international’s desire to transfer to Catalonia, the club’s precarious financial state has prohibited them from doing so.
As Silva postponed signing a new contract to await Barça’s offer, a transfer appeared to be a possibility this summer. However, just like in the past, the La Liga champions were unable to persuade City with their offer.
Ultimately, Silva renewed his contract with Manchester City, but a potential transfer to Barcelona is still an option.
Added release clause of £50 million
Silva has a £50 million (€59 million) release clause in his new contract with Manchester City, according to Mundo Deportivo, despite having signed a new contract.
With a one-year contract renewal from 2025 to 2026 and an increase in pay, Silva is now one of the highest-paid players at the Etihad Stadium.
However, the Portuguese international persuaded the Cityzens to add a £50 million release clause to his contract, which is far less than the €80 to $100 million the Premier League winners had previously demanded for him.
Silva is still a Barcelona fan.
According to the report, Silva is still interested in signing with Barcelona and has lobbied to include a release clause with a cost that the Catalan powerhouses could afford.
Barcelona manager Xavi Hernandez has made the offensive midfielder his top goal, and the club is still interested in him. However, one issue may be that Silva will turn 30 in August of next year.
In any case, it appears that the option is available should Barça decide to pursue Silva once more following three consecutive summers of failure.