Bernardo ‘could be granted Man City exit’ and more transfer rumours

Bernardo Silva could be a victim of Manchester City’s summer rebuild, according to reports.

City are set for an interesting transfer window as the club look to bounce back from the painful Champions League final defeat to Chelsea.

A new striker to replace departed legend Sergio Aguero is a top priority and chairman Khaldoon Al Mubarak has also this week suggested the club could look to strengthen in other key areas as well.

However, the Telegraph reports that several European clubs have identified Bernardo as a possible target as a result.

It’s claimed that Champions League clubs in Spain, France and Italy all believe the 26-year-old could be ‘granted a move if he wants a new challenge.’

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Bernardo has enjoyed a trophy-laden four years in Manchester and was one of Pep Guardiola’s key players this past season after rediscovering his scintillating form, making 45 appearances and starting in the Champions League final.

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Meanwhile, City defender Pedro Porro still has another year to go on his loan deal at Sporting, but having helped his side to the Portuguese title and earned a Spain call-up earlier this year, it’s claimed they want to exercise their purchase option a year early.

A Bola, via SportWitness, say Sporting are aware of other interest in Porro, so are keen to ensure he’s their player as soon as possible.

They say the agreed purchase price is around €8.5m. Porro hasn’t played for City since signing from Girona in 2019.