After examining three possible destinations for Bernardo Silva if he decides to leave Manchester City this summer, The Hard Tackle gives his thoughts on his future.
Currently, Manchester City is the side to beat in the United Kingdom. Chelsea may be European champions, but there is no team in the Premier League that is more dominant than Manchester City, who has become a model of unadulterated supremacy in their own right.
The genius of Pep Guardiola, as well as the fact that the Citizens have amassed a roster capable of fielding two different world-class starting lineups when at full strength, have enabled this to be accomplished. However, there are drawbacks to being a rotation option, with reports in recent months indicating that a number of players are dissatisfied with their status as rotation options when they might be starting the week in and week out somewhere else.
Among the players who fit into this category is Bernardo Silva, who, according to manager Pep Guardiola, has expressed a desire to retire from the Manchester City team after 26 years of service. A development of this nature is certain to attract the attention of a number of potential suitors, with the Portuguese international having the potential to become a sought-after commodity on the market.
Given that Jack Grealish’s arrival at Manchester City is likely to have an impact on Silva’s status at the club, a transfer away from the Etihad Stadium may not be detrimental to Silva in the least bit. As a result, given the player’s desire to leave Manchester City, The Hard Tackle attempts to compile a list of three possible destinations for the 26-year-old…
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First and foremost, the first name on our list should come as no surprise. FC Barcelona has had a long-standing interest in Bernardo Silva, having been briefly linked with him before he left AS Monaco to join Manchester City four years ago. The Catalan club has also been linked with the Portuguese playmaker in recent years. Despite the passage of time, the Blaugrana’s interest in the Portuguese playmaker has not waned and they are still interested in signing him.
In light of Barcelona’s lack of resources in midfield, while having an abundance of players available, it is scarcely surprising that they would be interested in signing Silva. Upon closer inspection, it becomes evident that Sergio Busquets, Frenkie de Jong, and Pedri are the only players who have a realistic chance of starting every week.
In the first instance, Miralem Pjanic has been declared surplus to requirements, whereas Ilaix Moriba is getting closer to the exit door at Camp Nou with each passing day as a result of an extended contract standoff that has resulted in him being frozen out of even the reserve team, let alone the first team.
Apart from that, Riqui Puig has not been given enough credit by Ronald Koeman since he was chosen as the new manager last year, and it is also worth noting that Busquets is nearing the end of his career and will be unable to pay twice or three times a season throughout the course of a season. Barcelona’s pursuit of the 26-year-old will therefore come as no surprise, despite the fact that his transfer fee is likely to be a sticking point in negotiations.
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As a result of their financial difficulties, Barcelona may struggle to meet Silva’s asking price. However, Atletico Madrid is more likely to be able to pay him. For the same reason as their La Liga opponents, Atletico Madrid has also been keeping an eye on the Portugal international for quite some time.
As strange as it may seem that Los Rojiblancos would be looking to add another playmaker after acquiring Rodrigo De Paul, it is crucial to remember that Hector Herrera and Geoffrey Kondogbia have both been linked with moves away from the Wanda Metropolitano in recent months.
Apart from that, the future of Saul Niguez, who has ironically been highly linked to Barcelona, is also uncertain. The Spaniard is widely expected to be sold during the upcoming season. The reason why Atletico Madrid would want to sign someone like Bernardo Silva becomes evident as a result.
As much as he is a natural creator, playing under Pep Guardiola‘s direction has provided the 26-year-old with the opportunity to improve his defensive capabilities. All of this leads to Silva being a significant asset to Atletico Madrid’s first-team setup, making the Spanish club the most likely destination for the wanted Manchester City midfielder.
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Given how far they have fallen in the last several seasons, the final club on our list may come as a surprise to many. The Premier League, on the other hand, still considers Arsenal to be a very respectable name, even if they will not be participating at all in European competitions during the coming season.
Mikel Arteta appears to be developing a promising idea, even if his tactical abilities have been called into question time and time again… An Arsenal transfer to the Emirates Stadium cannot be ruled out just yet, especially if the Gunners remain committed to spending heavily to construct a formidable squad ahead of the new Premier League season that begins next month.
Arsenal has actually been strongly associated with Silva in recent weeks, and he could well be a more feasible choice for them to pursue instead of James Maddison if they decide to pursue him. That is because, unlike Maddison, the 26-year-old has the ability to play three different positions, providing a great deal of dynamism in both midfield and attack.
Silva, on the other hand, is expected to be more cost-effective than Maddison, whose price tag is approaching the £70 million thresholds. Overall, Silva appears to be a superior choice to the English playmaker, though it is reasonable to think that Arsenal will lag behind Atletico Madrid and Barcelona – if they can afford him – in the race to sign the Brazilian international.