Manchester City attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva wants to leave the Etihad Stadium this summer, with Atletico Madrid the favourites to sign him, according to transfer expert Fabrizio Romano.
The Italian journalist reports that the La Liga champions may only be able to afford the Portuguese international if they sell Saul Niguez, and fans on Twitter are hoping City hold out for a decent fee:
Just sell ASAP.
— The One And Only (@MCFC_SZn26) August 10, 2021
it’s pretty obvious he’s leaving now
— ¹⁰ (@SxrgioSZN) August 10, 2021
As much as it hurts to say, if he wants to leave we need to grant his request
— Zilla???⚡️ (@Cityzilla) August 10, 2021
There’s nothing we can do to keep him. Sell him and goodbye.
— Ed (@9320ctid) August 10, 2021
Swap em. Saul can play LB. Pep will love that.
— Gaz Brady (@FMwkdsoul) August 10, 2021
Let’s get some cash in him. £70m atleast
— ???????? (@Stonesologist_) August 10, 2021
If we accept anything less than 60 million, we’ve been robbed.
— CTID (@commando42) August 10, 2021
hopefully, there can be a swap deal cause Saul Niguez is one fighter to have in midfield @PepTeam
— eunoia (@Yinemi_) August 10, 2021
Arsenal can have him for £30m + Tierney
— Gavin (@facewithoutcard) August 10, 2021
Niguez is reportedly interesting Manchester United and Liverpool so Atletico may be able to raise the funds necessary for Silva. There has even been a suggestion that the Spanish club could offer their player in exchange but it is believed that City would prefer a straight cash offer.
If Atletico are unable to find the money needed, there aren’t many other places that Silva could go. Arsenal have been linked in recent days, while Bayern Munich have also been suggested as a possible destination. It’s unlikely that either club would be able to meet the player’s asking price though.