Report shares what Guardiola's told Bernardo with Manchester City star keen to join Barcelona
Pep Guardiola will have told Bernardo Silva that he wants him to stay at Manchester City this summer, but he will not stand in his way of leaving for Barcelona should a good offer come in, according to a report from the Daily Mail.
Bernardo has been linked with the Etihad Stadium for a little while. Atletico Madrid are reportedly interested.
The Daily Mail has suggested that Atleti want the 26-year-old, but Barcelona are also keen. And crucially, the Portugal international is keen to move to the Nou Camp.
Barca have apparently contacted City about a potential move. And they have been told that he would cost at least £51.5 million.
Guardiola however, would seemingly like to keep Bernardo. According to the Daily Mail, he has told the midfielder that he wants him to stay.
However, he has also informed the former Monaco man that he will not stop him leaving if a good bid comes in.
So it would certainly appear that a couple of hurdles have been cleared. But there may be further stumbling blocks ahead.
The Mail adds that Barca do not have a lot of money to spend this summer. And thus, they are prepared to propose a swap deal. Sergi Roberto and Trincao are players who would appeal to Guardiola.
Manchester City may need to alleviate fan worries amid Barcelona links with Bernardo
When the links with Atletico emerged, plenty of City fans insisted that there was no way that the club should let Bernardo go.
The problem for the Premier League champions is the Portuguese wants to leave. Even agent Jorge Mendes is reportedly keen for him to stay put.
So City may have to produce something special to convince supporters that it is right to let him go.
A swap deal involving an exciting Barca talent has scope to make an agreement a little more popular.
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