Man City star Silva ‘could be granted’ summer exit
European clubs believe Man City star Bernardo Silva “could be granted” a move if he pushes to leave the Premier League champions, according to reports.
The 26-year-old made the move to the Premier League in 2017 after he helped Monaco win the Ligue 1 title.
Silva signed for Man City for a fee believed to be around £43m from the French outfit.
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The Portuguese international has shone since joining City. He enjoyed a particularly good season in 2018/19 as he won the club’s Player of the Year award.
Silva has not featured as much in the league this season, as he has only started 24 Premier League games. He has still managed to get five goals and nine assists in all competitions, though.
Man City are expected to be busy in the transfer market this summer as they look to replace Sergio Aguero.
The Telegraph have reported that several European clubs are set to target Silva this summer. They add that teams in Spain, France and Italy believe that he will be “granted a move if he wants a new challenge.”
Elsewhere, John Barnes has suggested that Jack Grealish should stay at Aston Villa instead of moving to Man City:
“I don’t think Aston Villa will struggle to keep him as I believe he should stay at Villa Park.
“He’s such an individual type of player, so for him to go to one of the bigger clubs where there’s more of a structure and there are superstar players around him, then Jack can’t just go and demand the ball off these great players.
“Say for example at Manchester United, Jack can’t go and demand the ball off Paul Pogba or Bruno Fernandes as if he’s the main player. He would have to play a more disciplined role. Would that be the right thing for him?
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“Unless you’re a Lionel Messi or a Cristiano Ronaldo, then you’re not going to take over from the superstar players at these big clubs.
“If he was to leave Villa then Jack could earn more money, more prestige and a few trophies but I don’t think it would do his playing career a lot of good if he was to go to a huge club.”