Having initially joined City in 2010 and signed his most recent extension in 2017, Silva has already confirmed his intention to call time on his spell in Manchester at the end of this season.
The Spaniard, who will celebrate his 34th birthday in January, has played 400 games for the club and will go down in history as a City legend. When he made his announcement last summer, Silva described 10 years as ‘the perfect time’.
Unwilling to come up against City in the future, Silva has been heavily linked with Inter Miami, the brand new MLS franchise part owned by former England captain David Beckham.
Miami will begin their first MLS season in March 2020. But while Silva would have to miss the start of the season, The Independent reports that he is ‘attracted’ to the idea of being the club’s marquee signing in its debut year. From Miami’s perspective, having a Spanish speaking player as the ‘face’ of the club is seen as a way to engage the area’s large Hispanic community.
Miami have so far recruited 18 players just over three months ahead of their opening game, with a mixture of young talent and more established MLS pros making up the roster.
Only teenager Argentine midfielder Matias Pellegrini has been handed ‘Designated Player’ status, which allows each club to pay up to three players above the league’s salary cap. It means that there is enough of a budget to offer Silva an attractive contract.
Silva would be able to link up with Miami in July, partway through the season, as was the case when Steve Gerrard joined LA Galaxy from Liverpool in 2015 and when Wayne Rooney signed for D.C. United from Everton in 2018.
What makes his expected move to Florida rather surprising is that it will likely come at the expense of a transfer to Las Palmas, his local club as a boy growing up on Gran Canaria. Silva first spoke about the possibility of joining Las Palmas back in 2015 and again addressed it an interview last year.