MANCHESTER CITY fans believe Bernardo Silva could be on his way to Barcelona next week after the Portuguese playmaker posted a cryptic message on Twitter.
Silva, 28, has been heavily linked with a move to the Nou Camp since last summer.
But, Barcelona’s financial status has prevented a deal from ever being completed.
Now, after agreeing to sell their TV rights in order to raise funds, the La Liga giants could finally be in a position to commit to a bid.
Man City are claimed to be demanding a fee of around £80million for their midfield maestro, so Barca chiefs will have to pull out all the stops to push the deal across the line – especially after spending big on signing Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha and Joules Kounde.
However, City fans believe that Silva has already said his goodbyes to the club.
The Portugal international sent out a cryptic tweet to thank fans for their support after Man City’s 4-0 win over Bournemouth on Saturday.
It read: “A great performance from the team and a fantastic atmosphere!
“I would also like to thank everyone at the stadium for those beautiful moments of love and support you guys showed me.”
Many City fans had the same thing to say about the ambiguous message.
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One person replied: “Why does this sound like a goodbye?”
Another added: “Looks like a farewell message.”
A third said: “What are you trying to say?”
While other supporters begged him not to make the move, with one person writing: “I couldn’t believe the atmosphere when you came on yesterday, we sang your name nonstop for 20 minutes.
“We really want you to stay. The fans adore you and you’re one of the top players in one of the best teams on earth.
“Throwing that away to join that mess in Barcelona? Crazy.”
Another tweeted: “Thank you for those moments, Bernardo, thank you for everything.
“You did an excellent job during your time with Man City. Best of luck on your next trip.”
Silva joined Man City in a £43m transfer from Monaco five years ago.
Since his arrival he’s scored 48 goals and assisted 50 in 252 appearances.
The Portugal star has also won four Premier League titles and one FA Cup with the club.