Real Madrid have an eye on Manchester City’s Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva after Spanish rivals Barcelona backed out of the race for the 28-year-old.
Bernardo Silva has been heavily linked with a move to the Catalan club for quite some time now. The player himself came out and admitted recently that he would love to try a new challenge, hinting at Barcelona. Joan Laporta however has been insistent that the Spanish club are not keen on making any acquisitions in January. Even if they were, he claimed that an 80 million transfer fee for Silva was never an option for them.
Here is what Joan Laporta had to say about the talented midfielder and he was pretty clear that Barcelona will not pay huge money for him as things stand: “Bernardo Silva for 80 million will surely not come … because we will not pay them.”
Real Madrid, on the other hand, are apparently eyeing Bernardo Silva as an option in the midfield for next season. There are rumours that Toni Kroos might retire come the end of the campaign and the Portuguese midfielder is eyed as the perfect alternative.
Luka Modric is also not getting any younger with the 37-year-old in the final year of his contract. However, the Croatian is expected to renew his deal with the club though.
Barcelona’s back out has opened up the door for Real Madrid as they look to try and sign the talented midfielder. He would be a great signing for them but they will not find it easy.
Manchester City need not be worried though. It is highly unlikely that Silva agrees a move to Real Madrid when it is obvious that his heart is set on Barcelona. This could be a futile effort from the Spanish club.