PSG have served up three major names in their quest to sign a Man City ace who is now valued at £105m thanks to Arsenal, per reports.
The Gunners recently made Declan Rice the most expensive British player of all time when sealing a deal worth £105m with West Ham.
The knock-on effects are already being felt, with the Telegraph claiming Brighton have bumped their asking price for Chelsea target Moises Caicedo up to £100m.
Over at Man City, meanwhile, the Athletic report Pep Guardiola’s side now value Bernardo Silva at the nine-figure mark too. Per their report, that is a direct result of Arsenal’s move for Rice.
Silva, 28, remains one of the Premier League’s most classy yet consistent performers. With Ilkay Gundogan leaving for Barcelona, Guardiola reportedly views Silva as the perfect player to play alongside Kevin De Bruyne as a second No 8 in the four-man attack behind Erling Haaland.
However, Silva is repeatedly linked with leaving Man City each and every summer. The current summer is no different, and this time there’s genuine interest from PSG.
Indeed, the Daily Mail claimed PSG view Silva as their successor to Lionel Messi. Messi has joined MLS outfit Inter Miami, while PSG hope to shift Neymar this window and forge a more balanced frontline consisting of Kylian Mbappe, Dusan Vlahovic and Silva.
Per FootMercato, Man City have already rejected a cash offer for Silva that was deemed ‘too low’. As such, and with City now demanding around £100m-£105m, PSG attempted to secure a huge discount by offering City their pick of three players.
Man City offered GK, centre-half and midfielder
The trio served up, per FootMercato, were goalkeeper Gianluigi Donnarumma, centre-half Presnel Kimpembe, and holding midfielder Marco Verratti.
However, despite having free reign to pick from the bunch, FootMercato add Man City ‘refused’ to entertain a swap deal. Whether that’s because they want a cash-only deal or didn’t fancy any of the three wasn’t made clear.
Silva’s contract at the Etihad has two years left to run, meaning City are in a strong enough position to refuse unsatisfactory bids for one more season.
However, if Silva makes it clear he has no intention of penning an extension, his value will only decrease as he edges nearer towards free agency.
His importance to City could also be heightened in the event Al Ahli successfully pluck Riyad Mahrez out of the Etihad.
The ultra-versatile Silva often plays on the right wing in the biggest games for Guardiola. If Mahrez were to leave, Silva would be essential in two different positions at the club.