Bernardo Silva's father admits 'there were talks' with Barcelona

Bernardo Silva’s father admits ‘there were a lot of talks’ between the midfielder and Barcelona over the summer, but says ‘it was no longer the right time’ for the Man City star to move to Spain

  • Bernardo Silva’s father has admitted his son recently held talks with Barcelona
  • Silva was linked with a move in the transfer window but a deal never materialised
  • His father, Paulo Silva, said the time wasn’t right for any of the parties involved
  • Barca could yet go back in for the midfielder, with manager Xavi a huge admirer 

Bernardo Silva’s father has admitted there were talks between the midfielder and Barcelona this summer.

The Manchester City star was heavily linked with a move to Spain in the transfer window, but a move never materialised despite things seeming for a while that they would fall into place.

Speaking to Stats Perform via Mundo Deportivo, Silva’s father, Paulo Silva, said ‘it was not the right time for all parties involved’ in the move despite talks talking place, describing the situation as ‘not the ideal scenario’ for his son. 

Bernardo Silva’s father has admitted the midfielder held talks with Barcelona this summer

‘There were a lot of talks, but no concrete offer was made at the times we thought were right,’ he said.

‘When it came, we realised it was no longer the right time for all parties involved. Things have to happen rationally and it wasn’t the ideal scenario for Bernardo.’

Silva was Barcelona’s main target towards the end of the window, but the club had to focus on registering new signings as soon as possible in a period of financial struggle.

Hector Bellerin and Marcos Alonso were among those that had to be registered, meaning a deal for Silva would have been rushed late on.

Barca boss Xavi is a big admirer or Silva and may try to sign the Portugal international again

Silva has made over 250 appearances for Man City since joining the club from Monaco in 2017

Paulo Silva put emphasis on the time needing to be right, and that it wasn’t in the summer.

‘He is a mature player, he is 28 years old,’ he said. ‘Things have to be done rationally, not emotionally.’ 

Barca boss Xavi is believed to be a big fan of the midfielder and could go back in for his services at a later date.

It’s unlikely Manchester City would sell during the season, so January may be unlikely, but a move could materialise next summer despite the fact there would be two years remaining on Silva’s contract.

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