PSG are preparing a massive £59 million bid to hijack Bernardo Silva from Barcelona
According to The Times, the defending French champions are preparing an offer for Silva, and they are willing to spend up to €70 million (£59.1 million) on the “unsettled” Portuguese star who still has three years left on his deal at the Etihad. Silva is allegedly one of PSG’s top targets this summer, and the French club is “confident that he will go to Paris if a fee can be agreed.” The midfielder, who joined City for £43.5 million from Monaco in 2017 and has scored 48 goals in 253 outings, has also been extensively linked with a move to Barcelona.
Unfortunately for the Catalan club, their ongoing financial woes prevented them from signing the Portugal international this summer. The transfer fee that City has reportedly set for Silva, one of the club’s stars last season, is £67 million (€80 million). With his eight goals and three assists, he was a major factor in Pep Guardiola’s squad winning their fourth Premier League title in five years. According to a July report from French daily Le Parisien, PSG was reportedly interested in trading for Silva in order to acquire Brazilian superstar Neymar. Silva hasn’t started a game for City yet this season, and there are still rumors about what will happen to him.
New PSG head coach Christophe Galtier has made many offseason additions to the roster thus far in an effort to stamp his own style on the club. After Nuno Mendes’ successful season-long loan from Sporting, the club brought in Vitinha, Hugo Ekitike, Nordi Mukiele, and Renato Sanches. Silva is a diminutive, elegant, and inventive playmaker who favors his left foot. He’s slender and versatile, able to play forward or in midfield.
On the field, he has been a right winger, a center midfielder, a deep-lying playmaker, an offensive midfielder, and even a second striker. Additionally, he has also filled in at wing-back and false-nine on occasion. When compared to other players, he stands out because of his exceptional technique, speed, agility, passing, vision, and dribbling. He is able to press his opponents, cover ground, and start new offensive possessions because of his high level of energy and defensive effort.
His reputation as a ball carrier, runner, and keeper belies his status as a strong-willed team player who prefers to assist in the creation of attacking plays rather than go on single forays. He’s a playmaker in the middle of the field who also has a knack for finding the back of the net.