Barcelona failed to sign the Portuguese international during the summer transfer window as the Citizens were determined to keep hold of him and no deal was agreed between the two teams.
Silva is one of the top players in Pep Guardiola’s team, having helped them win four Premier League titles, four League Cups and one FA Cup during his five years at the club.
He has started this season in fine form too, as he has scored two goals and assisted two more in his six Premier League appearances.
Barcelona had a busy transfer window in the summer as they signed Robert Lewandowski, Raphinha, Frank Kessie, Andrea Christensen, Jules Kounde, Marcos Alonso and Hector Bellerin, spending a total of almost £150million.
This heavy spending came after the club fell into financial trouble during the Covid pandemic in 2020.
However, Barcelona have been boosted with their reignited pursuit of Silva as LaLiga has raised their salary cap, after they managed to raise £700m by selling various digital assets.
This means they will have more freedom to add to their squad without worry of breaking their spending limits and now reportedly want to make a January move to sign Silva, according to Spanish news outlet SPORT.
Silva’s father, Paulo recently spoke about Barcelona’s summer interest in his son, but admitted a move did not happen as ‘it was not the right time for all parties involved’ and not the ideal scenario, he told Stats Perform, via Mundo Deportivo.
He added: ‘There were a lot of talks, but no concrete offer was made at the times we thought were right.
‘When it came, we realised it was no longer the right time for all parties involved. Things have to happen rationally and it wasn’t the ideal scenario for Bernardo.’