Bernardo Silva drops major hint on his future as Man City summer transfer plans outlined
Here are your Manchester City evening headlines for Friday, June 10.
Bernardo Silva refuses to commit to Man City as he addresses Barcelona reports
Bernardo Silva brushed off a question about his links with a transfer to Barcelona after Portugal’s latest Nations League win, but tellingly did not rule out a summer transfer away from City.
Bernardo is one of three or four City players being touted with potential exits this summer, with competition in Pep Guardiola’s attacking ranks increased with the impending arrivals of Erling Haaland and Julian Alvarez. Bernardo made no secret that he wanted to leave City last summer as he became homesick over the pandemic, even if he has insisted that stance has nothing to do with his love for the club.
Barcelona are the latest club to be linked with Bernardo, especially if Frenkie de Jong leaves, but the latest reports suggest that City would demand a considerable transfer fee that may be out of reach of the cash-strapped Nou Camp side.
Where Man City stand on Kalvin Phillips, left-back and exits
City will turn their attention to exits as well as arrivals when the transfer market truly clicks into gear after the international window.
Many players have shelved talks on their futures until after their time away with national teams as they look to solidify their positions for the Qatar World Cup at the end of 2022. As the June internationals come to an end in the coming days, more decisions will start to be thrashed out for players as clubs formalise their plans for next season.
At City, that could mean at least two high-profile exits. Gabriel Jesus is expected to leave and is keen to sort out his next challenge, with Mikel Arteta’s Arsenal among the frontrunners while Chelsea and Tottenham have also been linked; the Blues will be looking for a considerable profit on the £27m they paid for a raw teenager in 2016 even if he does only have a year left on his contract. They know that none of the established Premier League clubs can plead poverty.