Lionel Messi wants Barcelona to raid Manchester City for Pep Guardiola’s midfield gem

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Barcelona have been asked to plot a raid on ex-boss Pep Guardiola’s Manchester City side during the summer, by Lionel Messi.

Lionel Messi has been having a big say in the transfer matters at Barcelona this season, and rightly so given that the club might not have been where it is now without his presence in the squad. The Argentina international has now asked the club to get to work once again on the transfer front and wants another surprise player to join the club.

Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has been shortlisted as the one who has impressed Lionel Messi, as per Diario GOL. The Portugal international is enjoying a season to remember with the Citizens under Pep Guardiola and would be integral for them if they end up winning the domestic treble of the Carabao Cup, Premier League and FA Cup.

The Spanish giants look set to lose out on Ivan Rakitic for roughly 80 million euros now that Frenkie de Jong has been signed whereas even Rafinha Alcantara’s future at the club is looking increasingly bleak given his lack of minutes. Riqui Puig has played for the first team, but to match the Barcelona standard, he has to go out on loan for another year.

Bernardo Silva is likely to cost Barcelona around 80 million euros, but it remains unclear whether Manchester City would want to sell him or even if he would want to leave the club. The ex-Monaco man was nominated for the PFA Player of the Year Award this year, that was eventually snapped up by Virgil van Dijk, and has been formidable along with Aguero and Sterling.

Should the Catalans end up getting their man, they would have benefited tremendously. Bernardo Silva is the epitome of a workhorse and can add numerous goals and assists to the side. The creative aspect of his game is beautiful as well, and with Ernesto Valverde’s side set to lose out on at least one first team midfielder and one winger, Bernardo would be a solid addition.

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