Silva was heavily linked with a move away from the North-West last summer with the player unhappy with his game time and attracting interest from the likes of AC Milan, Atletico Madrid and current suitors Barca. However, he stayed to become one of Guardiola’s best players last season, especially during the early part of the campaign. The 27-year-old scored 13 goals and made seven assists as he helped the Sky Blues claim the Premier League title.
Xavi is said to be a big fan of the player and hopes to bring him to the Nou Camp as part of his summer rebuild. The club has already tempted Raphinha, Robert Lewandowksi and Jules Kounde despite the club struggling with a huge debt estimated to be around £1billion.
Now they have reportedly set their sights on the Citizens midfielder according to Mundo Deportivo. They have also said City are aware of their interest and would only sanction a sale if there was a suitable offer.
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