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Up until this point, Manchester City have largely dealt with their number of key summer exits with aplomb.
For instance, the club was always prepared in advance for Gabriel Jesus’ move to Arsenal.
Signing Julian Alvarez as early as in January and securing the services of Erling Haaland in June, Pep Guardiola’s side have managed to undoubtedly upgrade their strike force.
Similarly, City had a succession plan in mind after Fernandinho’s abrupt announcement to depart the club by eventually completing a deal to sign Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United.
In the case of Raheem Sterling’s transfer to Chelsea, a step-up for Cole Palmer and Julian Alvarez’s ability to operate out wide are expected to be utilised as adequate cover next season.
An eventual replacement for the now-Arsenal left-back Oleksandr Zinchenko is expected to cap off a fine summer of business.
However, a spanner may well be in the works if Bernardo Silva is added to the list of departures from the club.
During the 2021/22 season, the 27-year-old was far and away one of City’s finest performers.
Many hold the opinion that the Portuguese international was arguably the most in-form midfielder in Europe last term.
A European giant that seemingly holds the four-time Premier League champion in high regard is Barcelona, who have been reportedly eyeing a move for him all summer.
With Chelsea claimed to be edging out Manchester United in the race to sign Frenkie de Jong, Silva is understood to be viewed as the ideal replacement for the diminutive midfielder.
A new update has revealed that another high-profile suitor has now entered the race for his signature.
Another revelation that has surfaced is the player is interested in finally ending his five-year association with Guardiola’s side as well.
However, further details suggest that a price tag in the range of €80 million to €85 million would be set in place to prise away the all-action midfielder.
It has been stated that the club’s newfound Football Advisor, Luis Campos has made the Sky Blues talisman his side’s main priority, due to their desire to increase the technical levels of their midfield.
An interesting detail that has emerged is that despite Barcelona’s strong interest, Silva would not be against a return to France, considering his successful time at Monaco.
However, it has been emphasised that as things stand, there is no agreement between City and PSG over a move involving Silva.
While the revered midfielder is yet to commit his future at the Etihad Stadium and has hinted at a potential exit before, it is unlikely that City will sanction a player of his stature’s departure, especially with the new season on the horizon.
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