Man City ‘fear’ losing key player after ‘mind-boggling offer’ arrives; £50m required to ‘sanction sale’

Lewis Oldham
Man City to lose Silva

According to reports, Man City are expecting Bernardo Silva to leave the club this summer amid interest from Barcelona, PSG and Saudi Arabia.

An initial fee of around £43m was splashed out by Man City to sign Silva from Ligue 1 side AS Monaco in 2017.

Silva’s game has stepped up a level following his move to the Etihad as he has been a superb asset for Man City over the past six seasons.

The 28-year-old grabbed seven goals and eight assists across all competitions last season as Man City won the Champions League, Premier League and FA Cup.

Despite this, Silva – who is under contract until 2025 – is being heavily linked with a move away from Man City ahead of next season.

Football Insider are now reporting that Man City ‘expect Silba to be tempted away for a new challenge elsewhere’ as a ‘mind-boggling offer’ is on the table from the Saudi Pro League. Their report states.

‘The treble-winners are growing more and more pessimistic about the prospect of keeping Bernardo Silva at the club. There is widespread interest in Saudi Arabia, and I’m told they are offering mind-boggling sums to persuade him to make the move.

‘Those figures are likely to be hard to turn down, and even Man City will not be able to compete despite their financial clout. I’m told the Citizens now fear the worst and expect Silva to be tempted away for a new challenge elsewhere.

‘Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain are also long-term admirers of the 28-year-old – although they are also not able to get near the Saudi offer. Silva has two years left on his contract at the Etihad Stadium and City are likely to ask for £45-50million to sanction a sale.’

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The report claims Man City are ‘likely to dip into the market’ if Silva leaves, while Cole Palmer is expected to be sent out on loan. Football Insider add.

‘Youngsters like Cole Palmer and James McAtee are prime candidates to come into the side in the place of Silva, but City are keen to dip into the market.

‘Palmer has a big season ahead and is very highly rated within the walls at Man City. The 21-year-old has made lots of appearances but very few starts in his senior career so far.

‘Several clubs are lining up to sign him permanently and on loan – but I’m told City are not willing to let him go permanently. Brighton have been linked with a temporary move, and I’m told a Premier League loan is seen as suiting all parties.’

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