Bernardo Silva’s father has insisted that Barcelona did not approach the Manchester City midfielder with a bid until it was too late in the transfer window.
Over the summer, the Portugal international was heavily linked with a transfer to Camp Nou, but nothing came of it, and he stayed at the Etihad Stadium.
According to reports, Silva is Barcelona’s top transfer target for 2023, and his father, Paulo, recently spoke about this year’s failed negotiations at a Stats Perform conference in Lisbon.
“There were many conversations, but a concrete offer wasn’t made in time,” he said.
“When it finally came, it was no longer the right time for all parties involved. Things have to happen rationally and it wasn’t an ideal scenario for Bernardo.
“He is a mature player, he is 28 years old. Things have to be done rationally, not emotionally.”
Barcelona had a busy summer in the transfer window even though they were unable to sign Silva. Despite the Blaugrana’s continuing financial difficulties, Xavi added eight new senior players to his squad for the upcoming campaign.
Silva has started four games for City so far this season in all competitions, contributing to two goals and two assists.