Manchester City have turned down Paris Saint-Germain’s €80 million offer for Bernardo Silva, although the Parisians are unlikely to give up.
According to Le 10 Sport, Paris Saint-Germain have seen an €80 million bid for Bernardo Silva get rejected by Manchester City. While Pep Guardiola is keen to keep the attacking midfielder on board, the player could be open to a move as PSG could return with an improved offer.
Paris Saint-Germain remain active in the market as Luis Campos and Christophe Galtier assemble the final pieces to their squad. Domestic glory is a must for the club, but they continue to dream about winning the Champions League, a trophy they have never won in their history.
Campos has led the charge to revamp the squad, ensuring many of the unwanted players departed while bringing in reinforcements that suit the team’s style rather than simply signing someone with a big reputation. There are few gaps to be filled, and the Ligue 1 champions see a move for Bernardo Silva as a key piece of the puzzle.
Acting on their interest, PSG lodged an €80 million offer for Silva, which Manchester City have turned down. The Premier League champions are reluctant to lose the 28-year-old midfielder and have slapped him with a €100 million valuation to keep suitors away. However, that might not discourage PSG, who could come back with a bigger bid.
Meanwhile, even though Silva would be open to an exit, he will not force a move away from the Etihad. At the same time, Guardiola and Manchester City maintain they will not stand in the way of a player keen on departing the club. They have seen Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus depart, although those transfers happened at the early stages of the window.
Silva is a vital part of Guardiola’s setup, but Man City were bracing themselves for offers from Barcelona. For the player, joining the Catalan side remains a dream, although their financial condition may not help facilitate a transfer for the attacking midfielder.
While Manchester City have rejected the offer from PSG, the French giants reportedly feel there are positive signals from Silva’s camp. The Portuguese international is managed by Jorge Mendes, who facilitated moves for Vitinha and Renato Sanches to PSG in the summer.
The super-agent could play a huge role in convincing Silva to join PSG if a move to Barcelona does not materialise, although everything will depend upon Manchester City’s final stance. As iterated earlier, the player is not expected to force a move away from the club, but if a suitable offer comes along and he expresses his desire to leave, the Premier League champions might not stand in his way.