Manchester City have officially affirmed the completion of a £43m deal for Portugal midfielder Bernardo Silva from French champions Monaco.
Bernardo Silva has had a fabulous season for Ligue 1 champions Monaco, likewise making the Champions League semi-finals leaving Manchester City in the last-16 round.
As per reports, the deal has been closed with Manchester City set to pay around £43 million (however it could heighten to a club-record £60 million) for the midfielder who will wear the number ’20 jersey’, however, the actual transfer fee of the transfer have not yet been made open.
Bernardo flew into Manchester on Thursday night and undergo a medical proceed for City on Friday evening. Bernardo will join the team July 1st.
‘It feels great. To be honest I’m now at one of the best teams in the world. To be part of this club and to have this opportunity is great’.
‘I’m very happy to be part of Manchester City’s team and I look forward to trying to do my best to help the team reach their goals’.
‘If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best. Of course, when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola, you don’t say no’.
‘As we all know, what he did in Barcelona and Bayern Munich was amazing and we expect also here that he will win titles. It’s great to be working with him and to have this opportunity’.
Bernardo “Mota Veiga de Carvalho e Silva” started his professional career at Benfica, where he awed for their B side in the Segunda Division, and in the mid-year of 2013, he went to the Under 19 European Championships where he was named in the Top 10 talents by UEFA correspondents in the wake of helping Portugal to the semi-finals of the competitions.
Silva joined Monaco on one-year advance deal August 2014, he made his Monaco debut on 17 August in a Ligue 1 away match against Girondins de Bordeaux, coming in for Lucas Ocampos in the second half.
On 21 September Silva made his first start for Monaco in a 1-0 Ligue 1 home win against Guingamp. Benfica reported that Silva’s economic and sports rights had been sold to Monaco on 20 January 2015 for €15.75 million.
Silva helped Monaco finish third in Ligue 1 and achieve the quarter-finals of the Champions League, where they beat Arsenal in the last 16 after a splendid first-leg triumph at the Emirates.