If Pep Guardiola is short on numbers, he can rely on Bernardo Silva to plug that hole. From left-back to right-forward, the Portuguese was thrust in action everywhere and impressed each time of asking.
He has had a remarkable season with City, completing the treble and securing his first UEFA Champions League title. After six years at the Etihad and winning everything that is there to win, reports suggest that the 28-year-old midfielder wants a change in scenery.
Jack Grealish was seen pleading with him during City's Champions League celebrations, begging him not to go. His contract with City runs until June 2025 and will not be easy to prize away while City are in no rush to part ways with the player either.
In this article, we delve into the current situation surrounding Silva's potential transfer and examine the latest odds regarding his destination for the upcoming season.
Barcelona – 14/1 (15.00)
Barcelona is once again in pursuit of Silva during this summer transfer window, marking their second consecutive attempt to secure the player. With their recent triumph in La Liga, Barcelona's newly appointed manager, Xavi, aims to bolster the squad further by adding Silva alongside his former Manchester City teammate, Ilkay Gundogan.
However, the significant asking price set by Manchester City may pose a hindrance to Barcelona's involvement in the race for Silva. Nevertheless, the Spanish side has hinted at the possibility of a swap deal involving Frenkie De Jong being sent to Manchester City as a means to meet the fee requirement.
Any Saudi Pro League Club – 5/1 (6.00)
Following the successful recruitment of numerous high-profile players, including compatriots Ruben Neves and Cristiano Ronaldo, the Saudi Pro League clubs have now set their sights on Silva. Given recent transfer activities, financial resources are unlikely to pose an issue for these Saudi clubs in securing Silva's services.
🚨 Bernardo Silva has received an offer of €930,000 per week from Al-Hilal! 🤯
The Saudis have also offered €80M to Manchester City for the midfielder! 🇸🇦🤑
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 2, 2023
Reports suggest that the Portuguese midfielder has received a lucrative offer amounting to approximately €80 million per year from a club in Saudi Arabia. However, Silva is presently enjoying his prime and appears more inclined to continue plying his trade in Europe. With his current form and aspirations, it appears that Silva's preference would be to remain on the European continent, where he can continue to compete at the highest level and make a significant impact.
Paris Saint Germain – 2 (3.00)
According to the latest betting odds, PSG emerges as the second-favourite destination for Silva, as they continue their pursuit of the midfielder for the second consecutive summer transfer window. Following Luis Enrique's appointment as manager at Paris Saint-Germain, there is a notable keenness to secure Silva's services.
🚨 PSG are preparing an offer of around €80m for Bernardo Silva, in order to help the fans get over the Mbappé saga! ⏳
The player would like to leave Manchester City this summer 👋
(Source: MARCA) pic.twitter.com/aTI6v556wL
— Transfer News Live (@DeadlineDayLive) July 10, 2023
The Portuguese player has a positive relationship with PSG's sporting director, Luis Campos, who played a crucial role in bringing him to Monaco back in 2014. Furthermore, PSG aims to fill the void left by Lionel Messi's departure by acquiring a skilled attacking midfielder capable of establishing strong connections with the team's strikers.
Stay at Manchester City – 5/4 (2.25)
Although there are significant rumours surrounding Silva's potential departure from Pep Guardiola's squad, the latest betting odds still favour him staying at Manchester City. Silva played a pivotal role in the team's triumphs last season, notably contributing three goals across 13 appearances in the Champions League.
Furthermore, with Ilkay Gundogan's departure, Silva's presence becomes even more vital for the upcoming season. However, City has supposedly placed a substantial price tag on the midfielder, indicating their reluctance to entertain any sub-par offers.