- The Portuguese, wanted by Barça, was the last to leave the pitch at the Etihad Stadium after applauding the fans in the four stands and giving his shirt to a fan
Bernardo Silva, a 28-year-old midfielder, was not a sporting protagonist in Manchester City’s clear victory against Bournemouth (4-0), a match on the second day of the Premier League in which he was a substitute, coming on in the 65th minute by Ilkay Gundogan. He had more repercussion than what happened when the meeting ended. The Portuguese left the pitch last after approaching the two funds behind the goals and the two sidebands to applaud the fans. He also did it without a shirt by giving it to a follower and finally headed the way to the locker room applauded by those present.
Wanted by FC Barcelona, still with market days ahead to close his incorporation for about 85 million euros, if it was not a farewell to Manchester City, it seemed a lot. It would make sense because Pep Guardiola‘s team will visit Newcastle on Sunday, August 21, will visit Barça on Wednesday the 24th in the game to raise funds against ELA, and will not return to the Etihad Stadium until Saturday the 27th against Crystal Palace.
That day, if Barça has already sold Frenkie de Jong to Chelsea or Manchester United for the same amount, about 85 million, Bernardo Silva should already wear a Barça shirt. Personally, he has everything agreed with Barça in the absence of a signature between clubs.
Bernardo Silva has been at Manchester City since 2017, being one of the players most loved by the fans for his footballing quality. If he leaves, the apparent farewell this Saturday would make sense. He wants to get out of a club that he appreciates and in he has exploited.