After two consecutive disappointing showings in the UEFA Champions League, Paris Saint-Germain looks to sign a newly-crowned Champions League winner to its squad before next season.
Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva has been linked with a move to PSG for weeks now, but the Ligue 1 giants face competition from top European clubs and the Saudi Pro League.
According to transfer expert and CaughtOffside columnist Fabrizio Romano, Silva is yet to make his final decision in terms of where he’ll play next season, but PSG remains very much in the race.
“It’s true there is strong interest from Saudi for Bernardo Silva,” Romano said on the Debrief podcast.
“That is absolutely true, but what I can say is that as of today, Bernardo has not decided anything. He wants to decide together with his family because he has a possibility, a very strong possibility, with Paris Saint-Germain.”
Romano continued by describing PSG’s interest in the Portugal international.
“PSG have an excellent relationship with the player’s camp and they dream of Bernardo Silva.
“He’s one of the top targets for Paris Saint-Germain director Luis Campos this summer so he is one of the players at the top of the list. I am sure they will try and try again in the next weeks.”
Many of PSG’s issues on the pitch stemmed from an underperforming midfield. Silva would add creativity and playmaking ability, which will be much-needed following the departure of Lionel Messi who led Ligue 1 in assists.
If Silva were to choose PSG, he would reunite with Kylian Mbappé who he played alongside at AS Monaco. The two helped lead Monaco to a Ligue 1 title over PSG and reached the semi-finals of the Champions League.
Bringing Silva to the French capital makes a lot of sense for PSG, but Manchester City won’t let go of one of their best players for cheap. The transfer fee could reach upwards of €80 million, but PSG will look to negotiate a deal with their European rivals.