After last summer’s Pogba transfer battle, Real Madrid and Manchester United are yet again ready to go head-to-head for Portugal’s big talent.
Manchester United have spent plenty of cash since Jose Mourinho took charge, but this summer, they are ready to ramp it up another step forward, with The Sun reporting Monaco star Bernardo Silva is now one of their potential targets.
After already setting his sights on one Monaco midfielder Tiemoue Bakayoko, Jose Mourinho is ready to go for another one of their young stars.
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Bernardo, the Portuguese No.10, would cost Manchester United a gigantic £70 million, yet money seems to be no object as Mourinho continues to assemble his own star-studded team.
United are also reportedly confident of bringing in Antoine Griezmann for £85m, but the 22-year-old attacking midfielder from Monaco could follow as Mourinho wants a top playmaker to complement the France international. However, the Red Devils will face stiff competition, as Real Madrid are also after Bernardo.
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Bernardo Silva arrived at Monaco from Benfica for a fee of £14 million, at first on a loan deal, and then moving permanently.
With seven goals and six assists, he is an intriguing part of a highly entertaining Monaco team who will taste the bitterness from Manchester next month, when the Ligue 1 outfit takes on Manchester City in a Champions League last 16 tie.
The highly-rated midfielder missed out on the Euro 2016 Portugal squad because of a serious thigh injury, but he is no doubt making up for it now with some impressive performances.
Interestingly, Bernardo Silva is represented by super-agent Jorge Mendes, who also takes care of Manchester United manager Jose Mourinho’s business, and this might give the Portuguese boss an upper hand in getting this deal done in the summer.