Barcelona plotting swoop for Man City duo if De Jong’s move to Man Utd goes through

Date published: Tuesday 14th June 2022 2:36 - Jason Soutar

Reported Barcelona targets Bernardo Silva and Ilkay Gundogan celebrate a goal

Barcelona are reportedly planning to reinvest the money they receive for Frenkie de Jong into a double swoop for Man City’s Ilkay Gundogan and Bernardo Silva.

Man Utd have identified De Jong as their number one target this summer as new manager Erik ten Hag eyes a reunion with his former Ajax player.

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The Red Devils reportedly made an opening bid of £60m, however, Barcelona are looking for closer to £75m.

Whilst the Premier League side are reluctant to pay ‘silly money’, the Blaugrana are desperate to raise funds so could be tempted into a sale below their asking price.

Despite their dire financial situation, it is believed that Barcelona will look to reinvest the money they receive for De Jong straight back into the transfer market.

According to Cadena Sar (via the Daily Star), Man Utd’s purchase of De Jong could inadvertently weaken their city rivals, who could lose Gundogan and Silva as a result.

Gundogan is out of contract at the end of next season so he could potentially leave for a modest fee this summer, however, Silva is under contract until 2025 and would demand a much higher transfer fee.

The Portuguese was a standout performer for City last season as they retained their Premier League crown.

Last summer, Citizens boss Pep Guardiola gave Silva his blessing to leave, but there were no sufficient bids and the 27-year-old stayed put.

Meanwhile, City legend Vincent Kompany has been appointed as the new manager of Burnley.

“Burnley Football Club is a truly historic English side and it is an honour to be appointed first-team manager,” said Kompany.

“I’m excited by the challenge ahead.

“I’m looking forward to getting to work with the players and creating a positive, winning team for our fans when we return to Turf Moor.

“I’ve been impressed by the board’s vision for the club which aligns with my own and I look forward to playing my part as we enter an important season.”

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