Bernardo Silva rules out Saudi Arabia, could join PSG

Bernardo Silva, PSG, Portugal, Man City
Bernardo Silva, PSG, Portugal, Man City / Will Palmer/Allstar/GettyImages

Rumors about the future of Bernardo Silva have been around for weeks on end and they have been amplified even more once he won the Champions League (and therefore every title available for him) at Manchester City earlier this month.

Although one of the potential landing spots for Silva, if he leaves the Premier League side, was considered to be Saudi Arabia (according to Marca, by way of joining Al-Hilal), the Portugal international has seemingly ruled out that scenario altogether.

Football journalist Marc Mechenoua of Goal revealed on Thursday that Silva is more inclined to stay in Europe, ditching Saudi Arabia and instead deciding between staying in Manchester and joining either Barcelona (where former-teammate Ilkay Gundogan will play next season) or PSG.

Paris Saint-Germain are believed to have prioritized signing Silva as a potential replacement for the departing Lionel Messi, who will join MLS side Inter Miami once his contract with PSG runs out in a week. Nevertheless, other teams have expressed interest in the Man City forward and are expected to put on strong efforts to extract him from England.

Silva is under contract at Man City through 2025 but Pep Guardiola has always been open to letting his players leave if that's what they want. Guardiola reportedly wants to keep Silva in tow, but he won't oppose an exit if he demands it.

Following the signing of Ilkay Gundogan on a free transfer, Barcelona has joined the race to land fellow Cityzen Silva. However, no concrete agreement has been reached at this point, as Silva intends to take his time to consider his options carefully and it's not clear whether or not Barcelona will have the financial means to complete the transfer.

Meanwhile, PGS will keep tracking their main targets after the completion of the transfers to acquire Manuel Ugarte and Marco Asensio to bolster their midfield, as well as Milan Skriniar to fix an ailing defensive line.

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