Monday 18 December 2017

Man City make £30m move for Silva

Jason Burt

MANCHESTER City have made another significant move in the transfer market with an official bid of £30m for David Silva, the exciting Spain winger.

However, it is understood the 24-year-old, who played in Spain's defeat to Switzerland yesterday, would prefer a move to either Chelsea or Manchester United if he were to leave Valencia this summer, as appears likely.

Chelsea are understood to be considering a move for Silva, but City's early bid may prove decisive, especially as Valencia are desperately in need of cash, despite claims that the sale of David Villa for £34m to Barcelona has stabilised their finances.

It is understood City are close to announcing the signing of Ivory Coast international Yaya Toure from Barcelona for £25m, having already signed defender Jerome Boateng from Hamburg for £11m.

There is a strong chance that City will also land England midfielder James Milner after the World Cup, as they have indicated their intention of making an improvement of their £20m offer which was rejected last month by Aston Villa.

All the players City are targeting are featuring in the World Cup, which may lead to a delay in a number of the deals.

If they are successful, it will take their spending to more than £90m and would raise question marks over the future of a number of City players such as Stephen Ireland. (© Daily Telegraph, London)

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