Saturday 21 April 2018

Man City close in on Bernardo Silva, but did Man United ever really want him?

Monaco's Bernardo Silva
Monaco's Bernardo Silva
Kevin Palmer

Kevin Palmer

Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva is reported to have flown to England, as Manchester City close in on their first big signing of the summer.

Silva caught the eye in Monaco’s impressive French title success this season, with his sparkling performances in their run to the Champions League semi-final ensuring the 22-year-old has become one of the most wanted men in European football.

Guardilola is believed to have made Silva one of his top transfer targets after his hugely impressive performances against his team in their Champions League last-16 game, with his dynamic attacking play perfectly suited to the fast flowing passing football the City manager promotes.

Now there are widespread reports that City are close to finalising a deal for Silva, with Monaco reluctant sellers who have been persuaded to part with one of their finest assets in a deal that could be worth up to £60m.

Newspaper claims in France had suggested Manchester United were in a battle with City to sign Silva, but it appears as if those stories were wide of the mark as he was always destined to sign for Pep Guardiola’s side.

United manager Jose Mourinho stated last week that he was an admirer of his Portuguese compatriot Silva, even though he was not expecting him to arrived at Old Trafford.

“Will Bernardo Silva be with us next season, I don’t think so, honestly,” Mourinho was quoted by O Jogo. “But you never know, good players are always welcome here.”

It seems that Mourinho has alternative transfer targets at the top of his list, with Atletico Madrid marksman Antoine Griezmann, Burnley defender Michael Keane and Torino star Andrea Belotti all being heavily linked with a move to Old Trafford.

The Premier League season may have finished less than a week ago, but the transfer circus is already up and running, with Mourinho predicting we are in for a ‘crazy’ summer of spending from Premier League clubs.

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