Guardiola desperate to keep Man City star amid senior departures, but £70m could see him sold

Ciaran McCarthy
KEvin de Bruyne and Bernardo Silva of Man City

Manchester City are reportedly keen to ward off interest in Bernardo Silva from multiple sides, but they may allow him to leave if they receive a £70million bid.

It’s not uncommon for Silva to be the subject of interest from some big-name sides. He’s been linked with a move in the majority of the transfer windows during his time at City.

That’s no different this summer, likely helped by the fact he was part of a side that won the Premier League, FA Cup and Champions League. Silva was directly involved in 15 goals in all competitions.

Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are interested in the attacking-midfielder, while he was also reportedly the subject of an approach from a Saudi Arabian side.

That was a month ago, which would suggest there’s been no movement on that front of late. City are apparently hopeful that they’ll be able to hold off subsequent approaches, as per talkSPORT.

They’re keen to keep Silva, given he’s a senior player, having been at the club six seasons, in which he has frequently starred. They’ve lost one of their more experienced players in Ilkay Gundogan, and are selling Riyah Mahrez to Al Ahli.

Given they’re keen to keep the experienced Silva around, they’ve slapped a hefty price tag on him. Indeed, given City are hoping to ward off interest, any side who wants to snare the Portuguese will have to pay £70million.

The ideal scenario, if nobody is willing to pay that for him, is apparently that he ‘signs an extension’ on his contract, which runs out in two years’ time.

Given he is 28 years old, he should still be at the top of his game over the next couple of seasons, which will be another reason Pep Guardiola is so desperate to keep him at the club.

However, interested sides will also be well aware that he could have an impact on them over the next few campaigns, and Saudi sides particularly have been happy to splash the cash of late.

As such, there is no discounting the potential that a side will come in with a £70million offer.

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