Manchester City star Bernardo Silva and RB Leipzig ace Dani Olmo both have release clauses inserted into their contracts which could facilitate transfers to FC Barcelona, according to Mundo Deportivo.
Silva has been Barca’s white whale the past couple of summers. In 2022, a move for the Portuguese wasn’t possible after the Catalans spent the money provided by their economic levers and Frenkie de Jong wouldn’t join City’s crosstown rivals Manchester United.
This year, Barca had even less cash to spend which led to Silva renewing terms at the Etihad until 2026.
According to MD, however, the forward capable of playing a number of positions made sure that a £50 million ($62.5 million) release clause was inserted into the deal.
This differs from the previous price tags ranging between €80 to 100 million ($86 to 107 million) that were put on Silva when interest from Barca intensified, but might still be unaffordable to Barca even next year.
Furthermore, some could see it as a lot of money to pay for a player approaching his 30th birthday when the current season has already concluded.
That logic doesn’t apply to Olmo, however, still 25, who hails from the same northern suburb in Barcelona as the Blaugrana’s head coach Xavi Hernandez.
Unlike his fellow Terrassa native, Olmo wasn’t allowed to complete his graduation at La Masia.
In 2014, he headed to Dinamo Zagreb in Croatia to turn professional there, but he has since blossomed into one of the best players in the Bundesliga at RB Leipzig as a Spain international who helped the east Germans reach the Champions League semi-final in 2020.
Barca have continually been linked with to a coup for their former charge but, akin to Silva, were always priced out of the potential operation.
When putting pen to paper to secure his future until 2027, however, Olmo and his agent made sure his contract had a €60 million ($64 million) release clause which increases the likelihood of a reunion with his boyhood club.
Now it remains to be seen which man Barca opt to go for, if any.