During the last transfer market, Manchester City lost Ilkay Gundogan, recruited for free by FC Barcelona, who also targeted Bernardo Silva, whom the English club managed to retain. While trying to take revenge.
There are a lot of connections between Manchester City and FC Barcelona. Coached by Pep Guardiola, the former coach and player of the Catalan club, the team from the north of England also counts among its management Txiki Begiristen, who worked for Barça in the past. Manchester City, whose playing style is Spanish – tiki taka -, saw one of our own, Ilkay Gundogan, leave for the Spanish champions this summer.
Bernardo Silva almost followed the German, but the Portuguese eventually signed a new lease with the winner of the previous edition of the Champions League.
Man City tries, Barca retreat
According to Fabrizio Romano’s revelations, the Mancunian club tried to bring Alejandro Balde from FC Barcelona during the last transfer window. Manchester City inquired about the 19-year-old left-back’s condition between May and June, without an operation being possible at any time. “Solid”Because Barça never wanted to part ways with the Spanish international, that pushed Jordi Alba to the bench and then to a departure to Inter Miami.
Manchester City asked for Alejandro Balde’s position in May/June – but this never led to concrete negotiations as Barça always considered Balde a pariah player. #fcb
The new deal for Balde is valid until June 2028 as a key player for Barça’s future. pic.twitter.com/Y3srxpwsOQ
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) 9 September 2023
According to the Italian journalist, the Spanish club has also reached an agreement for the contract extension of Alejandro Balde. The net product of the Catalan team will extend his lease, which currently expires in 2024, by four seasons until 2028. FC Barcelona has also worked to safeguard the future at the club of its future nugget, Lamin Yamal. The 16-year-old right winger, who played his first international match with A de la Rosa this Friday, will also extend his contract until 2026.
Barcelona have already agreed a new deal with Lamine Yamal until June 2026 last July – ahead of the pre-season tour 🔵🔴⭐
New three-year deal for Lamin, new five-year deal for Alejandro Balde.
The excellent relationship with his agent Jorge Mendes will also help with future expansions. pic.twitter.com/av1XAlcLCc
– Fabrizio Romano (@FabrizioRomano) 8 September 2023
Manchester City, due to the failure in the Alejandro Balde file, will also not be able to turn to Lamine Yamal in the near future.