Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has delivered confirmation around an important development concerning Bernardo Silva’s Manchester City contract.
The Portugal international put pen to paper on a one-year contract extension at the Etihad Stadium, putting an end to transfer speculation linking him with a move away from the club for the fourth successive summer.
Bernardo Silva has been heavily linked with a move to FC Barcelona over the last couple of seasons, however financial difficulties at the La Liga giants have meant that they have been unable to satisfy the requirements and valuation set by Manchester City.
Saudi Arabia lodged an ambitious proposal to the City playmaker during the summer market, while Paris Saint-Germain also showed a level of interest in the player, with some reports claiming that the Ligue 1 champions were willing to offer first-team stars in exchange.
While an exit from Manchester City may not have happened this summer, a new report has indicated that a move in much easier circumstances may not be too far away, thanks to a new addition to his Etihad Stadium contract.
Writing as part of his Daily Briefing, Fabrizio Romano has confirmed that Manchester City have included a release clause in the new and improved contractual terms signed by Bernardo Silva during the final weeks of the recent summer transfer window.
“As has been reported, I can confirm that there is a clause in Bernardo Silva’s new contract, but details are yet to be confirmed on club and player side,” Fabrizio Romano detailed. “It’s not a specific club clause.”
He continued, “But this is something to be discussed in 2024 as Bernardo wanted to extend at City as he really to wants top titles again next year.”
Previous reports have indicated that the player’s exit clause at the Etihad Stadium is set at £50 million, meaning the player would be free to leave the club should a potential suitor indicate a willingness to activate at that price.
However, it remains unknown as to when that release clause becomes active.
Bernardo Silva is expected to play an integral role in Manchester City’s hunt for a fourth successive Premier League title this season, as well as their defence of their first Champions League honour achieved last campaign.
It is known that the player holds a desire to return to Portuguese giants and boyhood club Benfica at some stage of his career, however that is unlikely to be his next move after Manchester City, unless he was to stay into his mid-thirties.
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