Bernardo Silva has emerged as a surprise target for Atletico.
According to the football transfer rumours in British media, Atletico Madrid are keen to land Manchester City winger Bernardo Silva.
City spent 50 million euros to sign the Portugal international from Monaco in the summer of 2017. The 26-year-old has four years left on his current contract which expires in 2025.
This season, Silva has scored 5 goals and provided 9 assists in 45 appearances for Manchester City.
Bernardo Silva has also left his mark at the international stage after netting 7 goals in 54 senior appearances for the Portugal national team.
The 26-year-old is set to be a man in demand in the summer transfer window, with a host of clubs queuing up to pursue his signature.
By the club’s own admission, Manchester City winger is Atletico Madrid’s number one transfer target.
The Portugal international is thought to perfectly fit the profile of winger Diego Simeone wants to target in the summer transfer window.
The Spanish giants are in the market for just a handful of statement signings who can improve the first-team.
The Portugal international will offer the Atletico boss the freedom to be more flexible with his formations, tactics and team selections.
According to the report, “Atletico Madrid are keen on Manchester City attacker Bernardo Silva. In England, it’s been suggested City are prepared to sell Bernardo this summer to fund plans of finding a new striker signing after the departure of Sergio Aguero for Barcelona. The Times says Atletico are keen and have already made a first offer for the midfielder. The LaLiga champs have suggested a straight swap involving Saul Niguez for Bernardo. However, such a proposal isn’t ideal for City, which are seeking a cash deal to help with plans to fund a new striker addition.”
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Atletico will have to come up with the right proposal to convince Silva to join the club.
It is claimed that City are open to letting Silva go.
Bernardo Silva ideal fit for Atletico Madrid?
Atletico Madrid could benefit by signing Bernardo Silva as the winger is one of the areas of concern for Simeone.
The 26-year-old will be an ideal choice for Simeone as he ticks all the right boxes in terms of what he demands from his attackers.
Atletico fans would certainly love to see him arrive at the club.
It will be interesting to see if Atletico Madrid make their move for the 26-year-old in the coming weeks.
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Bologna-born Giuseppe Bianchi has spent more than a decade living in Rome and writing about Italian football, Spanish football and the Premier League for various Italian football portals and now he writes about European football for Euro Football Rumours. He's been thinking about football transfers pretty much nonstop since the 1990 FIFA World Cup in Italy. Aside from writing, he likes to spend his time fishing and rock climbing.