Teams from the Saudi Pro League have been making big moves in the summer transfer window, and wantaway City star Bernardo Silva is the latest target for a marquee deal
Teams from the Saudi Pro League have been making big moves in the summer transfer window, and wantaway City star Bernardo Silva is the latest target for a marquee deal.
If Manchester City wants to keep Bernardo Silva this summer, they’ll need to fend off huge offers from Saudi Arabia.
After winning the Champions League, the treble-winning player has been linked with a move away, with Barcelona still in the running. The Portuguese star had wanted to make that move in prior summers, but it never materialized. Al Hilal of the Saudi Pro League, however, now seems ready to outbid all other bidders.
Cristiano Ronaldo, a teammate of Bernardo’s from Portugal, currently plays club football in Saudi Arabia, while Ruben Neves is on the verge of doing the same. The reigning Premier League winner will need to make a choice with an estimated £75 million per year on the table.
The Mail claims that Al Hilal has enough money to pay Bernardo up to £75 million a season if they so desire. This would be in addition to a substantial transfer price, with Pep Guardiola’s team refusing to part with one of their most valuable players until they receive £70 million.
The 28-year-old has additionally been connected to a move to Paris Saint-Germain as he gets ready to maybe depart England. In the meanwhile, Barcelona’s interest will rely on their financial status.
According to others, Barca must first sell in order to buy. Ilkay Gundogan is available for a free transfer, but it is more harder to sign players for a fee, especially one of a significant amount.
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Al Hilal finished third in the Saudi Pro League last season despite being prohibited from adding players due to a transfer ban while Al Nassr, a rival team from Riyadh, acquired Ronaldo. However, this embargo has since been overturned, and with new support from the Saudi Public Investment Fund (PIF), they are again attempting to make significant moves ahead of the new season.
Neves will be their first acquisition; a £47 million deal has been reached. They also tried to sign Lionel Messi, but the World Cup winner chose to go to Inter Miami instead.
Mateo Kovacic is one person who is on his way to the Etihad Stadium; the Chelsea midfielder is about to finalize a deal worth £25 million plus add-ons. Declan Rice is still a target for City, and they’re willing to compete with Arsenal for the £100 million-rated English midfielder.