Manchester City deny offering £67m player to Barcelona to fund move for Brazilian star

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Manchester City have denied the club is willing to sell Bernardo Silva to Barcelona for £67million to fund a deal for Lyon star Lucas Paqueta, according to Daily Mail.

French media outlet L’Equipe had earlier claimed Manchester City were willing to sell Bernardo Silva to Barcelona this summer to fund a move for Brazilian midfielder Paqueta, who is attracting interest from Newcastle United and Arsenal.

Silva was one of City’s stand-out players last season but has been continually linked with a move away from the Etihad, with Barcelona and PSG admirers of the midfielder.

Brazil international Paqueta has scored 20 goals in 76 games for Lyon since joining the Ligue 1 side from AC Milan in 2020. He has also made 33 appearances for the Brazilian national side, scoring seven times.

City boss Pep Guardiola slapped a hands-off warning on Bernardo Silva just 10 days ago and Daily Mail insists the club’s stance on the Portuguese midfielder hasn’t changed.

City have already banked over £150million from selling players this summer with Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus the primary sources of income.