Manchester City rejected Neymar-Bernardo Silva swap offer from PSG

Manchester City have rejected PSG’s proposal of a direct swap deal between Bernardo Silva and Neymar.

According to Le Parisien, Paris Saint-Germain have approached Manchester City lately, handing them the opportunity to sign Neymar ahead of the new season. They have proposed a direct swap deal involving the Brazilian and Man City’s creative lynchpin Bernardo Silva.

However, the offer was swiftly rejected by the English champions, who have no interest in signing Neymar. The club are currently focusing on young talents, having already brought in Julian Alvarez and Erling Haaland so far this summer. They have signed Kalvin Phillips from Leeds United as well, in order to reinforce their options in midfield.

Following the exit of Raheem Sterling, Pep Guardiola may have preferred the addition of another winger, especially in light of Jack Grealish’s inconsistencies. However, the 30-year-old Neymar is out of Guardiola’s thoughts as the Brazilian is heading into the final phase of his career and has had his time at PSG marred by injuries.

Despite his undisputed prominence, Neymar is failing to make a name for himself in PSG, falling under the shadow of Kylian Mbappe and once again, Lionel Messi. Les Parisiens are even willing to offload the former Barcelona superstar in order to make way for a younger forward.

Headed to the Premier League? (Photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)
Set to remain in Paris? (Photo by Franck Fife/AFP/Getty Images)

Even if the English champions sign Neymar, they are not willing to do it at the expense of Bernardo Silva. The Portuguese international has been one of the most crucial players for Manchester City in recent years, offering creativity and versatility that have been critical in helping the club retain its dominance in England.

As such, Silva has had no shortage of suitors, with even Barcelona looking to snap him away from Etihad this summer. But it appears City have no intention to let him go just yet, believing he can once again be a vital cog in the final third next season, as the club look to defend their Premier League title and achieve European glory.

As for PSG, they are likely to continue with Neymar for the season ahead, hoping the Brazilian can spark some magic along with Messi and Mbappe, which will not only help them maintain the dominance in France but help the club land the elusive UEFA Champions League.

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