Real Madrid have begun talks with Manchester United target Bernardo Silva, according to a report in French news outlet Le10 Sport. The AS Monaco midfielder is highly sought after by many clubs, with Manchester United leading the chase until now, with Real Madrid hoping that a €50 million offer will be enough to get the Portuguese maestro.
The report also states that Real Madrid are in the market for an attacking midfielder due to the likely departures of Isco and James Rodriguez, and Silva is wanted by the Champions League holders.
Silva, who has six goals and six assists in 27 Ligue 1 appearances this season, is believed to be keen on joining Madrid ahead of United or Chelsea, who have both registered their interest.
The Sunday Times claim that the 22-year-old is valued at €80m (£68.4m) and is attracting interest from Manchester United, Tottenham, Manchester City, Barcelona and Real Madrid.
But the Portugal international is wanted by Antonio Conte as part of his plans to make a major push in next season’s Champions League.
Silva has been one of Monaco’s key stars this season as the club sit three points clear at the top of Legaue 1.
S.Monaco have been the most fearsome attacking side in all of Europe’s Top 5 league. They have plundered 82 goals in 28 league games, with Bernardo Silva often at the heart of those goals. The Portuguese star has racked up 9 goals and 8 assists already this season, which has resulted in the giants of Europe sitting up and taking notice.
Manchester United reportedly already had a deal agreed with AS Monaco, according to many reports, as Jorge Mendes, Silva’s agent, promised him to fellow client Jose Mourinho. However, Real Madrid are willing to come up with a blockbuster €50 million offer for Silva, which should be enought to tempt AS Monaco into considering letting Silva leave.
Los Blancos’s interest in Bernardo Silva arises from the fact that former AS Monaco man, James Rodriguez, is reportedly on his way out of the club. Isco, who has a year left on his contract, is also not keen on signing a new deal, and Madrid want to reinforce their attacking options.
Bernardo Silva would improve any football side in the world – he’s the real deal – as regular viewers of Ligue 1 will know. €50 million might seem like a huge fee, but given his age, Real Madrid could easily recoup the fee if Silva does not adapt to Zinedine Zidane’s side.