Barcelona ‘tell Man City to prepare for Bernardo Silva bid’ and more transfer rumours

Xavi is keen to bring in the midfielder, who was considering an Etihad exit last summer until Pep Guardiola convinced him otherwise. Barcelona club president Joan Laporta is also keen on the transfer.

This is despite the huge debts the club has, with recent reports claiming that the Spanish giants are having trouble registering new arrivals Robert Lewandowski and Raphinha under La Liga finance rules.

Silva is contracted at City until 2025, so will not come cheap. Nevertheless, CBS Sports reports that Barcelona have told the Premier League champions to expect a bid before the end of the window.

Meanwhile, LEquipe claims City are targeting Leicester defender Wesley Fofana, who has just seen a 62m bid from Chelsea for his services rejected. The centre-half is reportedly valued at around 85m.

Chelsea are expected to make another bid to ensure they beat City to his signature, it says, having lost Antonio Rudiger and Andreas Christensen.

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