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Real Madrid lead Barcelona in race for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva

Published at :April 21, 2024 at 7:36 PM
Modified at :April 21, 2024 at 7:36 PM
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Rajarshi Shukla

Barcelona have regarded Silva’s signing as a priority for next season

Real Madrid have leapt to the top of the competition to sign Bernardo Silva. The Los Blancos are competing with rivals Barcelona for Manchester City’s midfielder signing.

The £50 million buy-out clause in the Manchester City playmaker’s Etihad contract is generating a lot of transfer speculation in front of the summer transfer window. The biggest teams in Europe, including Real Madrid, Barcelona, Paris Saint-Germain, Bayern Munich, and Arsenal, are all keeping a careful eye on the situation.

Portuguese midfielder Silva, who cost £60 million to acquire from Monaco in 2017, is believed to prefer Spain if he were to depart. Additionally, Real is free to take advantage of Barcelona’s inability to gather the necessary funds to complete a transaction.

In last Wednesday’s Champions League quarterfinal shootout loss to the La Liga leaders, Silva, 29, missed a critical penalty. However, it hasn’t stopped them from pursuing the adaptable former Monaco player, who was crucial to City’s all-conquering period under Pep Guardiola.

Indeed, Silva’s performances against Carlo Ancelotti’s team throughout his three years of consecutive victories in Europe have persuaded the Real Madrid management that he would be an excellent addition.

Real Madrid regards Silva’s adaptability in midfield as essential to their team dynamics. Silva’s recent struggles with Manchester City were hampered by a missed penalty in a pivotal shootout.

Mateo Kovacic also missed the mark, while Silva sent his effort right into the hands of custodian Andriy Lunin, who had no opportunity to move.

But instead of criticising Silva, the midfielder for Portugual, City supporters are left blaming someone else for the goal.

After Luka Modric’s miss, Silva’s opportunity was delayed by a City supporter who clung to the ball in the stands, giving Pep Guardiola’s team the advantage in the penalty shootout.

Saturday’s FA Cup final saw Manchester City defeat Chelsea 1-0 thanks to a late goal from Bernardo Silva. The match came after an intense back-and-forth Wembley semifinal that left the fatigued champions still seeking a domestic double.

After Chelsea keeper Djordje Petrovic blocked a Kevin De Bruyne attempt in the 84th minute, Silva sidefooted home, winning a hard-fought match that left Chelsea manager Mauricio Pochettino yearning for the campaign to conclude.

In the feature match on May 25, City will take on either second-tier Coventry City or Manchester United, who play on Sunday.

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