12 months after initially expressing his desire to leave Manchester City, Bernardo Silva is once again pushing for an exit.
Pep Guardiola has confirmed that Silva is one of many players keen to leave the Etihad this summer, with fees of around £ 60million that would be enough to entice City to sell the Portugal international.
Let’s see where it could end.
Mentioned as a contender simply because they just won £ 100million, Aston Villa is simply not going to sign Silva.
Villa is booming, no doubt about it, but they still have a long way to go before they can convince someone like Silva to move to Villa Park.
They can afford it, but that’s as far as this story goes.
Earlier in the summer, a transfer from Arsenal for Silva would have looked much more plausible than today.
The Gunners have reportedly already faced an uphill battle to land Silva, but even if they could attempt it in London, they will be hard pressed to afford such a deal.
£ 60million is way too much for a team that have already spent more than that this summer, especially one that also doesn’t have Champions League football to top its bank.
Like Arsenal, Spurs have already spent too much money to be able to spare £ 60million for Silva, but there is a chance they could fund a move for him in another way.
A certain Harry Kane has been heavily linked with a move to City, and if Daniel Levy ever decides he’s ready to sell to another English side, picking up Silva in exchange could be tempting.
Spurs’ offer of Conference Europa League football may not be the most attractive prospect for Silva, but there is always an outside chance.
Continuing the trend of financial difficulties, Juventus must sell before they can buy someone like Silva (or a loan with an option to buy, as is the case in Serie A).
They have assets to unload – a roster led by Cristiano Ronaldo and Aaron Ramsey – and if they can handle that, they could land Silva with very little effort. Juve may not be the dominant team they once were, but they still have the same attraction to the big names.
Silva would be a marked improvement over Federico Bernardeschi and would be excellent competition for Federico Chiesa and Dejan Kulusevski, although the fact that he is not an undisputed starter may well be a problem for him.
If they end up selling Saul Niguez as planned, Atletico Madrid would have the money to move for Silva and be able to offer him the regular minutes he is looking for.
He should play wide – the defensive spirit Diego Simeone never plays a midfield duo Silva / Rodrigo de Paul – and Silva would be an immediate improvement over Atleti’s other wide options.
As the defending La Liga champion Atleti can offer Silva the kind of success he’s looking for, but the biggest obstacle in their pursuit of the Portugal international is that they aren’t …
Silva are known to promote a move to Barcelona, and Barcelona have been desperate to sign Silva for some time now.
After releasing Lionel Messi due to lack of money, Barcelona could cause a riot if they put down a £ 60million offer for Silva, but fans would likely be happier with a swap offer.
Guardiola has expressed interest in Sergi Roberto and Ousmane Dembele, so there are pieces of a deal there. If the two clubs can meet in the middle, Silva would jump on a plane in the blink of an eye.