Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva and his future at the Etihad Stadium remains uncertain as he is being offered a lucrative deal to join Saudi Pro League side Al Hilal. Sources reveal that Al Hilal is offering him a staggering three times his current salary to make the move.
Bernardo Silva Linked with Move to Saudi Arabia: City Open to New Contract
Al Hilal has enticed Silva with a deal worth closer to £500,000-a-week, surpassing his current salary of around £150,000-a-week at City. While his preference is to stay in Europe, Silva has not ruled out the possibility of joining Al Hilal alongside compatriots Ruben Neves and Kalidou Koulibaly.
Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona have also shown interest in acquiring Bernardo Silva. However, neither club has made an official bid yet. Manchester City is open to offering Bernardo Silva a new contract but unlikely to match Al Hilal’s proposed salary. Pep Guardiola values Silva but won’t impede his departure if they receive an acceptable bid.
In related news, former Manchester United forward Jesse Lingard is also in consideration for a move to the Saudi Pro League. Lingard is currently a free agent after leaving Nottingham Forest. Nevertheless, he has returned from the United States and is training in Manchester. The 30-year-old made 20 appearances for Forest last season, scoring twice.
City’s Young Talent Moves to Southampton
Shea Charles, Manchester City’s under-21 captain, is poised to complete a permanent transfer to Southampton. The 19-year-old defender made his senior debut for City last season. He will reunite with former City academy director Jason Wilcox, now the Director of Football at Southampton.
Southampton will pay an initial fee of £10.5m for Charles, which could rise to £15m with add-ons. Manchester City will include a buy-back clause in the agreement and will receive a sell-on clause if Charles is sold in the future. The move showcases Southampton’s continued commitment to developing young talents from City’s academy.
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