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‘Growing hope’ over future of £50 million Manchester City midfielder linked with Barcelona and PSG interest



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A new report has spoken of ‘growing hope’ within Manchester City concerning the future of Bernardo Silva beyond the upcoming summer transfer window.

The Portugal international is entering into the fourth successive summer transfer window that has seen him linked with various transfers away from Manchester City in search of a fresh top-level footballing challenge.

The last few windows have seen FC Barcelona viewed as the most likely destination for the Manchester City playmaker, with the former AS Monaco man largely in search of more culturally similar environments to his native Portugal.

While no deals came to fruition last summer, a move to the Catalan giants was one of several possible options for him and his young family, with Paris Saint-Germain and a number of Saudi Arabian clubs also interested.

However, as financial constraints continue to linger around the European game, and particularly over Barcelona, there is a fresh feeling around Bernardo Silva and what the future could hold for him and Manchester City.

According to the information of ESPN’s Rob Dawson, there is now ‘growing hope’ at Manchester City that integral midfield profile Bernardo Silva might stay at the club beyond this summer’s transfer market.

Concerns over the Portuguese midfielder largely stemmed from the belief that Silva would seek an exit for a fourth consecutive summer, and those chances were heightened through the inclusion of a £50 million release clause in his latest contract contract renewal.

However, while ESPN detail that both Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain have shown interest in the past, the former are unlikely to have the necessary funds for the transfer, and Bernardo Silva has also reportedly slipped down PSG’s list of summer targets.

City would likely be happiest about Bernardo Silva remaining a part of Pep Guardiola’s squad, especially given his impact at the club over the last seven seasons, and the wide variety of roles he can operate in within the squad.

Although, despite Silva looking likely to stay at the club, Manchester City bosses will still move in midfield positions in the upcoming summer market, both in the way of arrivals and departures.

The club hold a firm interest in Newcastle United’s Bruno Guimaraes, while there is more longer-term admiration for the likes of Bayern Munich’s Jamal Musiala and Bayer Leverkusen’s Florian Wirtz in the German game.

Kalvin Phillips is set for an exit from Manchester City in the coming months, and club officials are sounding out both permanent and temporary loan exits for the out-of-favour England international who is looking to get his career back on track.