Liverpool, Paris Saint-Germain and Barcelona are the clubs trying to sign Bernardo Silva from Manchester City according to Fichajes.
Silva is looking for a change of scenery after five years in England and could leave City this summer. Jorge Mendes works to move his client.
Barcelona have been making the most noise about signing the 27-year-old, but they need to sell Frenkie de Jong first to be able to fund any deal for the Portuguese midfielder.
They also need to put their house in order financially to be able to register new signings.
PSG emerged as candidates to sign Silva last week. Sporting director Luis Campos brought Silva to AS Monaco from Benfica.
The Portuguese director seeks to use his past relations with his compatriot to bring him to Paris.
Liverpool are last on the list and a move there could make perfect sense.
Should Liverpool consider signing Bernardo Silva?
Yes. When a player of Silva’s quality is available on the market and accessible, you move for him. Silva’s multifunctionality makes him a brilliant player to have in any team.
Silva can operate wide due to his dribbling skills and his ability to make quick decisions. He can also operate in the middle as he can perfectly receive the ball between the lines and keep it in incredibly tight spaces.
Liverpool have problems in midfield. Naby Keita and Alex Oxlade-Chamberlain are out indefinitely, while Thiago Alcantara is out for six to eight weeks. The three men don’t have the best injury records.
Club captain Jordan Henderson is 32 and James Milner is 36. New signing Fabio Carvalho can play in midfield but will need time to adjust to his new surroundings.
Jurgen Klopp has done his best to cover up the cracks but he may have to tap into the transfer market to get stronger.
Liverpool were linked with Aurelien Tchouameni and Ibrahim Sangare earlier this summer but nothing has materialised. Silva could be a smart option for the Reds as they look to challenge City on all fronts this season.
Silva has the energy to execute Klopp’s famous gegenpress and is one of the deadliest players to lose the ball to in a counter press.
He sits in the 99th percentile for progressive carry in Europe’s top five leagues when compared to midfielders and forwards.
While his 2.91 progressive passing per 90 is eclipsed by Henderson’s 6.07, Silva has spent time on the wings, which could hamper his numbers in that department.
Silva is an expert at carrying the ball through dangerous areas, and his Premier League experience allows him to fit in without needing time to adapt. He could slot in as a number eight (8) on the right side in Klopp’s 4-3-3, a role he played for Pep Guardiola.
He scored eight goals and created eight big chances in 35 Premier League appearances last season. He has scored three goals and assisted three more in the Champions League, more than any Liverpool midfielder.
Silva could provide a great midfield option for Klopp and deftly replace Mohamed Salah.
At just 27, Klopp can squeeze a decent amount of years out of him.
With Liverpool in dire need of reinforcements in midfield, a player of Silva’s quality would revitalize the FA Cup winners by adding verve and craftiness to their side.
Will City even consider selling to Liverpool?
While most big clubs make a point of not selling to their direct rivals, City have shown they have no problem breaking the norm.
As well as selling Raheem Sterling to Chelsea, City also sold Gabriel Jesus and Oleksandr Zinchenko to Arsenal this summer. The Citizens did not hesitate to strengthen their rivals.
City have priced around £71.8m for their Portuguese star and could accept an offer from the Merseyside club.
It remains to be seen if Liverpool will actually make a concrete move for Silva, but it’s an option they should consider with the player available on the transfer market.