Bernardo Silva could leave Manchester City as club begins rebuilding process

Ross Jackson
Bernardo Silva could be a shock departure from City this summer
Bernardo Silva could be a shock departure from City this summer / Alex Grimm/Getty Images

Bernardo Silva has emerged as one of the players who could be on his way out of Manchester City this summer as they look to freshen up their squad.

Despite Pep Guardiola's revelation that he may not buy another striker following Sergio Aguero's departure from the club, chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak suggested the opposite recently when he claimed the club would look to send out a 'strong message' in the transfer market, suggesting a number of arrivals could be on the horizon.

Despite the need for attacking reinforcements at City already being clear, the rumours that Gabriel Jesus could also be on his way out the club makes their need even greater.

The Brazilian isn't the only one to be linked with a move away as Guardiola begins the rebuilding process, with Riyad Mahrez, Raheem Sterling and Aymeric Laporte also potential casualties.

And it's now emerged that Bernardo Silva could also be heading for the Etihad Stadium exit door, with The Athletic reporting that City's desire to bring in some fresh faces this summer has sparked interest in the Portuguese midfielder.

Silva still has four years to run on his deal having penned fresh terms on a long-term contract in 2019, though Champions League clubs from Spain, France and Italy are believed to have been alerted of his potential availability as City embark on a summer clear-out.

Bernardo Silva has enjoyed a glittering time in Manchester
Bernardo Silva has enjoyed a glittering time in Manchester / Pool/Getty Images

The former Monaco man has become something of a fan favourite since moving to Manchester City in 2017, though an uncharacteristic dip in form this season saw him limited to just 24 Premier League starts.

Barcelona are known admirers of the Portugal international having previously declared their interest in him, though given their wealth of midfield options and the possible arrival of Georginio Wijnaldum at Camp Nou in the coming weeks it seems unlikely they'll pursue a deal.

That being said, we've learned we should never put anything past Barça when it comes to ludicrous moves in the transfer market.