Transfer insider Fabrizio Romano has given his take on suggestions that Bernardo Silva could be on his way to Arsenal this summer.
A report from The Athletic seemed to suggest that the Portuguese playmaker, who has racked up 35 goals and 44 assists in all competitions for Pep Guardiola’s men since arriving at the club in the summer of 2017, is looking to leave Manchester City this summer, with the report also stating that he was close to leaving for Barcelona last year.
A report in The Mirror has suggested that Mikel Arteta’s men have shown an interest in signing him, with the club also exploring the likes of Martin Odegaard and James Maddison as options to bring some much-needed creativity to the side.
But speaking about the matter on Manchester City-based channel City Xtra, Romano claimed that Silva was not on their immediate list of priorities when it came to their targets in attacking midfield:
“I’m told that from Arsenal, there is nothing. I see a lot of rumours, but at the moment, they are focusing on Odegaard or on Maddison in this position.”
TIF Thoughts on Fabrizio Romano’s comments about Bernardo Silva and Arsenal…
Would this be a good signing for Arsenal?
It certainly would be a shame if Arsenal decided not to focus their attention on Silva, who is clearly a very productive individual up top in terms of goals and assists. And given their deficiency in that area, there really shouldn’t be anyone that is off their radar.
And with Silva reportedly looking to leave the club, then they really should be putting in a lot of effort to try and drive the narrative and get him to sign with them.
Whilst they might not be the most attractive team right now, not helped with them being out of European football, even if they have to make it up to him by going over the top in terms of wages, if he can get them back into European competition, he will have repaid that money back to them, and then some.
But with just under three weeks to go until the window closes, whichever target that Arsenal decide to pursue, they need to do it quickly before it’s too late.