Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva has confirmed that he will leave the club this summer. The 28-year-old, who has a contract with City through 2025, was instrumental in assisting Pep Guardiola’s team to a historic treble. He put in particularly strong performances in the Champions League, most notably scoring a brace in the convincing 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in their heavyweight semifinal matchup. Silva’s City journey, which began in May 2017 when the Premier League winners decided to pay Monaco upwards of £60m plus performance add-ons, ended with the 1-0 victory against Inter in the winners League final. This was the 14th title of Silva’s career. Silva’s future at the club has grown more unclear, despite City’s continuous success over the previous six years.
He said in August 2022 that he was content at City but had “no idea what’s going to happen” in the future despite reports linking him to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. The Portuguese international was one of Barca’s top transfer targets in September 2022, and the Catalan giants even had a January offer from City rejected. Silva already informed City of his wish to depart for a new challenge, and he has reiterated that he still intends to do so this summer. City is open to doing business with Silva as long as they get an offer around the £75 million threshold.
It is unclear whether Barcelona has the resources to finalize a trade, but Ligue 1 winners PSG consider Silva as a potential successor for Lionel Messi, who is on his way to Inter Miami. After months of rumors and back and forth between agencies, Messi appeared to be nearing a fairy-tale return to Camp Nou, but Barca was finally unable to get their financial affairs in order to make a trade feasible.
PSG is attempting to persuade Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva that a transfer back to Ligue 1 is his best choice, even if it is currently believed that a move to Barcelona would be the player’s preference since Messi is on the verge of leaving the French capital. Despite this, reports claim that Luis Campos, the current director of football at PSG, and Silva enjoy a strong working relationship because they were coworkers at Monaco.
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