Arsenal are determined to sign a creative player before the transfer window slams shut at the end of the month.
James Maddison and Martin Odegaard are both targets for the Gunners, and links to Houssem Aouar are starting to re-emerge, but there is another name that the north London club are reportedly interested in.
That’s Manchester City star Bernardo Silva, who still has around four years remaining on his contract at the Etihad Stadium.
However, with the recent introduction of Jack Grealish, the Portugal international now has even more competition in the attacking areas under Pep Guardiola and could look for a move away this month.
According to Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida, it is ‘confirmed’ that Silva will leave Man City this summer and Arsenal have ‘opened talks’ with the Premier League champions over a deal.
The 29-year-old, though, prefers a move to Barcelona, according to another Portuguese football reporter Felipe Dias, who has been talking about Silva’s future.
Dias said, via the Mirror : “The information we have is that Bernardo has made it pretty clear that this is the right time for him to leave (Manchester City).
“He did want to go to Barcelona. He wanted to live in Barcelona and play for Barcelona but Barcelona is going through such a big crisis that I don’t think they can afford a player like him at the moment.
“The latest we heard is that Bernardo has rejected a move to Arsenal and if that is the case I think rightly so because I don’t think that would be a step forward in his career.”
Man City boss Guardiola was asked about Silva’s future at the Etihad recently, and admitted that any unhappy players were not welcome at the club.
The City boss said: “He’s our player. Not just Bernardo, there are two, three or four players that want to leave but they are our players under contract and when they bring some offer and their agents come here.
“If they want to leave, we are open to discuss absolutely everything but it depends on them.
“Otherwise, they will continue training really well, they will stay here and I will decide if they stay or don’t stay.
“The players who want to leave know the door is open because we don’t want anyone here unsatisfied but they have to bring someone. Otherwise, they will stay here.”
Source by Football London