Early in the summer transfer window, Paris Saint-Germain had their eyes on Manchester City’s Bernando Silva. The capital club likely wanted the 29-year-old to be the creative midfielder, which it now needs with Lionel Messi and Neymar Jr. gone.
However, as the transfer deadline nears, the Silva dream for PSG falls by the wayside, especially now that the Portugal international has signed a contract extension with the Premier League club.
Silva is now under contract until 2026, but from a PSG perspective, why didn’t a transfer happen? After winning the treble, it seemed that the former AS Monaco star would seek a new challenge. Nonetheless, Le Parisien explained why a transfer didn’t occur.
According to the French media outlet, Silva was to join PSG this summer, and everything was ready, with all the parties having agreed to the contract terms. Regardless, Riyad Mahrez’s departure from Manchester City turned everything upside down.
⛔️🇵🇹| Bernardo Silva was to join PSG this summer. Everything was ready and all the parties had agreed. However, Riyad Mahrez leaving Manchester City turned everything upside down, leading Pep Guardiola to veto Bernardo’s departure. @le_Parisien pic.twitter.com/5pXr51tbtk
— PSG Report (@PSG_Report) August 23, 2023
Mahrez left the English side to join Saudi Pro League club Al-Ahli this summer transfer window. As a result, manager Pep Guardiola vetoed Bernardo’s departure.
As for PSG, if they don’t bring in a creative midfielder before Sept. 1, they’ll likely lean on Kang-in Lee. However, that will also have to wait as the 22-year-old injured his left quadricep and is out until the end of the next international break.