BERNARDO SILVA is closing in on a transfer to Barcelona, according to reports.

The Man City star, 27, has been linked with a transfer to Barcelona for some time now but the club’s finances have meant a deal has been unable to progress.

Bernardo Silva could leave Man City to join Barcelona after five years of serviceGetty

Silva was in action as Man City lost 3-1 to Liverpool in the Community ShieldGetty

However, the Spanish giants have pulled another ‘economic lever’ whereby they have secured a third loan against their future income.

According to Catalan newspaper Sport, the loans have enabled the club to bring in a chunk of badly needed capital for this summer.

And this means the club are able to push ahead with signings such as Robert Lewandowski, Jules Kounde and Raphinha.

Sport’s report also indicates personal terms are no issue between their camp and Silva’s.

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This has led Barcelona to hold ‘optimism’ over a deal being completed before the window slams shut.

But as previous reports have suggested, the sale of midfielder Frenkie de Jong is paramount to any deal with Silva taking place.

Barcelona have reportedly agreed a fee with Manchester United to sell De Jong.

But the Dutchman is reluctant to leave the Nou Camp despite the club issuing an ultimatum of him either leaving or taking a pay cut.


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Chelsea, who have announced a deal to sign 18-year-old Carney Chukwuemeka, are said to be interested in De Jong as well, and their participation in the Champions League could be pivotal.

The Blues could even add Man City target Marc Cucurella to their ranks ahead of their Premier League season opener against Everton next week.

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