Bernardo Silva was once one of the first names on Manchester City’s teamsheet and a favourite of Pep Guardiola, but his future at the Etihad Stadium is up in the air.
The Daily Mail say Man City have offered the 26-year-old out to Tottenham Hotspur as a makeweight in a deal for Harry Kane. The 28-year-old wants out of Spurs and is open to joining the Premier League champions, but the two sides have yet to reach an initial agreement over valuation.
Silva is unhappy with a lack of playing time at Man City and wants out this summer. The Portuguese international made 45 appearances in all competitions last season but was substituted on or substituted off 20 times. He was on the bench in six of City’s last 13 Premier League games.
But while Silva may want to leave the defending champions, it remains to be seen whether he’s open to joining Tottenham. It also remains to be seen whether Spurs will accept such a deal for Kane, as Nuno Espirito Santo has inherited a side with Steven Bergwijn, Lucas Moura, Heung-min Son and Bryan Gil, so he’s not short of options.
Nuno will be having talks with Kane over his future today, but it’s hard to see the England international changing his mind about leaving. City just need to lodge an acceptable bid to get he ball rolling. The fact they could pay £100m to sign Jack Grealish to Aston Villa suggests they likely have the resources.
City really want and need Kane before the summer transfer window shuts as the only striker they have in the squad is Gabriel Jesus. But they aren’t yet meeting Tottenham’s valuation for the 28-year-old.
Silva is a good player who would improve Tottenham’s squad, but there’s no indication they want him and that he wants to join Spurs, so it might have to be money that gets Daniel Levy to accept.