BARCELONA are planning to renew their bid for Bernardo Silva in January, according to reports.
The La Liga giants failed in their bid to sign the 28-year-old Man City ace in the summer transfer window.
And they will continue their pursuit of the Portuguese playmaker – who has already scored twice in his first six Premier League games this campaign.
Despite their financial problems, the Catalans managed to spend almost £150m on new signings – bringing in Robert Lewandowski, Rafinha, Frank Kessy, Andrea Christensen, Jules Kunde, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin.
Barcelona also managed to raise £700m by selling various digital assets, making any potential deal for Silva possible.
SPORT claim that Xavi’s squad can now increase their squad without fear of spending beyond their means.
The latest report comes after Silva’s father confirmed that his son held talks with Barcelona in the summer.
Paulo Silva admitted the move didn’t happen because it “wasn’t the right time for all parties involved” to Stats Perform, via Mundo Deportivo.
“There was a lot of talk, but no concrete offer was made at the times we thought were right,” he said.
“When it came, we realized that it was no longer the right time for all parties involved. Things have to happen rationally and this was not the ideal scenario for Bernardo.”
City manager Pep Guardiola has said he will not stand in Silva’s way if he wants to leave.
Guardiola said: “He is our player.
“We want him to be with us because he is very important.
“Having said that, I don’t want anyone to be unhappy.
“But I don’t want him to leave because he is a superb player.
“As a player and as a person, he’s one of the best I’ve had.
“In every competition he is the best player.
“If an offer arrives, there are seven days left and if Bernardo leaves, we will have to go to the market, which is not easy.
“With that in mind, Bernardo likes Barcelona a lot.”