By Noel Whelan

13th Aug, 2022 | 1:53pm

Man City will accept Bernardo Silva offer amid journalist's £80m reveal - pundit

Noel Whelan has claimed Man City may be willing to “listen to offers” for Bernardo Silva if Barcelona can stump up a big-money fee.

The former Leeds striker, speaking exclusively to Football Insider, claimed Pep Guardiola’s side are “very professional” and “do their business very well” – which he suggested means they wouldn’t stand in the 28-year-old’s way.

When asked about his future in an interview by ESPN (10 August), Silva revealed that he has been “open” with Man City – insisting “they know what I want”.

Barcelona have been heavily linked with the four-time Premier League winner over the past two summer windows.

According to talkSPORT‘s Alex Crook (10 August), Man City would demand £80million from the Catalan giants in order to part with the former Monaco star.

The Portugal international was benched for the season-opening win over West Ham on Sunday (7 August).

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Whelan insisted Silva is “one of the best in the world” and is deserving of that “massive” reported price tag.

“It could be a turnaround of the old guard at City,” he told Football Insider‘s Ewan Kingsbury.

“They’ve gotten rid of a few players who have been there for a while now and bringing in a fresh, hungry group.

“City will do what is right by the player, and vice versa. I’m sure both parties are open to a transfer.

“But he’s one of the best in the world – and they won’t be letting him go to a Champions League rival without a massive price tag on his head.

“He deserves that, he’s a special midfield player.

“Barcelona need to find the money first. If they can, then I’m sure Man City will listen to offers – they’re very professional in the way they go about things.

“I’m sure there’ll have been open-air talks about where all parties stand. Man City do their business very well.”

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