PSG 'ready' to trigger £51m release clause for ‘one of the best’ Man City stars
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Paris Saint-Germain are considering triggering Bernardo Silva’s £51million Manchester City release clause, according to reports.
The Portuguese maestro penned a contract extension in September to keep him at the Etihad until 2026. That deal is understood to have a release clause in place - dangling a carrot for any potential suitors. The clause is reportedly set to become active this summer.
Silva arrived at City in 2017 just months after dumping them out of the Champions League with Monaco. Since then, the 29-year-old has been a revelation under Pep Guardiola and is now regarded as one of his generation’s best midfielders.
A staggering 12 honours included a historic treble last season - with Silva playing every minute of the FA Cup and Champions League finals. But he has never been able to escape transfer speculation regarding his future.
Barcelona were previously linked with a move for the City talisman, with the Saudi Pro League also expressing interest last year. Silva shut down suggestions a Middle East move was on the cards when grilled ahead of the Club World Cup.
“The Saudi League’s improvement has been massive,” he said. “It’s because of the investment and from what we hear it’s not going to stop. Future in Saudi? For now, I’m focused on City, very happy playing European football, which in my opinion is the highest level.”
PSG are the latest club rumoured to be vying for his signature. A report from Spanish outlet Fichajes claims Silva - described by Guardiola as “one of the best” players he has seen - is being considered by the Parisians as their marquee summer arrival.