Manchester City have made their intentions clear for next season as they look set to sign Bernardo Silva from Monaco for £43million. The deal is expected to be finalised today as he is set to sign a five year deal with The Citizens.
Silva, who played against Manchester City for Monaco in the Champions League, has been a key figure in Monaco’s Ligue 1 title win and had been attracting interest from several of Europe’s elite.
This season for Monaco he has made 58 appearances, scoring 11 goals and providing 12 assists for his team as he looks to join Guardiola’s side on July 1st when the transfer window opens.
Bernardo Silva was a product of the Benfica academy and was dubbed “Little Messi” rising through the ranks of the Portuguese Club. He received a B Call-up in 2013 and months later made his senior debut off the bench.
His displays for the Benfica B team earned him Segunda Liga Breakout player of the year award.
He was then loaned to Monaco in 2014 over uncertainty of his role in Benfica’s first team. Six months in and Monaco had used the right to sign Silva on a permanent deal and has shone ever since.
This marks the first major signing of the transfer window as Pep Guardiola looks to build upon finishing third this season.
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