Barcelona president responds to Bernardo Silva speculation

Joan Laporta, president of La Liga giants Barcelona, has on Thursday responded to reports surrounding a potential offer for Manchester City star Bernardo Silva.

Versatile midfielder Silva, of course, has long been tipped for a move to the Camp Nou.

After word was forthcoming in the media last summer that the former Benfica standout had set his sights on a move away from the Etihad, Barca positioned themselves at the front of the queue for his services.

In the end, Silva, evidently, stayed put, but this has not put an end to the speculation that the powers that be in Catalunya remain interested in his signature.

With the January transfer window of course now in full swing, it has been suggested by several sources in the Spanish press that the La Liga table-toppers could soon table a bid for the 28-year-old.

Speaking on Thursday evening, it therefore came as little surprise when the subject of the chances of an imminent big-money offer for Silva being tabled was put to Joan Laporta.

The Barca chief, though, was keen to play the subject down, in explaining that:

“We will not spend €80m to sign Bernardo Silva from Man City, that’s for sure”

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Conor Laird

Conor Laird

Die-hard Juventus fan with a love for all things Italian, and a real soft spot for Arsenal cult heroes. Emmanuel Eboue, Nicklas Bendtner, Philippe Senderos... Give them all statues outside the Emirates.

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