Barcelona are reportedly set to give up their pursuit of Manchester City star Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva.

The duo’s futures remain very much up in the air at the moment.

Cancelo featured for City during the club’s pre-season tour of Asia.

But he was left out of the squad for the Community Shield against Arsenal by Pep Guardiola. The manager revealed after the game that Cancelo was back in Portugal with family ‘trying to sort something’.

Barca are believed to have been very keen to sign Cancelo and his fellow Portuguese Bernardo

They actually wanted Cancelo in January, before Bayern Munich completed a loan move for him.

And they’ve become linked with Bernardo over the past couple of months.

But it looks as though Barca are now ready to admit defeat in their quest to sign both City players.

Barcelona ready to abandon pursuit of Joao Cancelo and Bernardo Silva

SPORT reported last night that Barcelona are now ready to give up trying to sign Cancelo and Bernardo.

It is stated that negotiating with City is ‘not easy’, especially with the current financial climate in which they are operating.

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It is suggested that Bernardo’s reluctance to push for a move to Camp Nou is making a move very difficult. Especially with Pep Guardiola determined to keep him.

There is then mention of Cancelo.

SPORT say that his case seemed different, given his apparent falling out with Guardiola.

Barca could only afford to make a loan move for Cancelo with an option to buy.

Since City want a permanent sale this summer, Barca are now being forced to walk away.

SPORT do finish their report by saying that a huge sale could put them in a position to do business. But such an outcome is ‘unexpected’.

Boost over Bernardo

Whisper it, but it is now starting to look as though Bernardo is going to stay for another season at City. Especially since it was also reported yesterday that City feel confident he’ll actually sign a new deal.

Seemingly Barca simply do not have the finances for a deal.

And City’s stance over the player is firm.

It would be an absolutely huge boost for City to keep Bernardo, who is one of the best players in the world.

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The fact Barca are ready to walk away from Cancelo – described as ‘exceptional’ by City’s official website – isn’t such good news.

Pep seemingly just does not want him, so it’s now about trying to get him off the books.

His £250,000-a-week wages are bound to be a problem though.

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