According to reports, Arsenal has the chance to sign Manchester City star Bernardo Silva, who has frequently been connected to a move away from the Etihad Stadium. The midfielder has admirers in Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain, but a move to the Premier League is not completely out of the question.
Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus both moved from City to Arsenal in order to work with Mikel Arteta, demonstrating the Gunners’ willingness to do business with their championship rivals. Having served as assistant manager for numerous years at the club, the Spanish manager is well-known to most of the players in Pep Guardiola’s changing room.
Therefore, the Arsenal manager might be interested in Silva’s contract because it has a release clause. The Daily Star claims that during discussions, a £50 million buyout was added to the versatile playmaker’s contract, which he signed at the beginning of the season.
Silva was speculatively linked to Arsenal in the past, so it would be surprising if they did not still think highly of the 29-year-old. But it’s believed that the former Monaco player is not in a rush to leave City before the Gunners begin formulating a plan to trigger the buyout option.
Regardless matter whether a deal of £50 million is made, Silva wants to play out the remainder of the season with City “at the very least.” In a similar vein, Guardiola’s team considers any bids for their No. 20 to be “pointless” and is not looking to entertain them.
The only reasons a buyout clause was agreed upon were the persistent rumours that Silva was considering leaving the team and the sheer number of bidders who would be interested in parting ways with him. Because of this, City did not want to find themselves in a situation where they would have to settle for a low-ball sale.
However, Silva’s most likely destination is still Arteta’s former team, Barcelona, since the release clause gives the Catalan team a specific figure to deal with when planning their transfer business over the upcoming windows.
Given that the player has never hesitated to acknowledge his desire to return to his boyhood club before hanging up his boots, a return to Benfica is also seen as a realistic prospect. Before leaving the Portuguese team, Silva only had one league appearance. He will be trying to stay with the team for a longer period of time in the future.