Jose Mourinho is plotting a £70m bid for Monaco midfielder Bernado Silva during the summer transfer window, according to reports.
The Portuguese, who joined Monaco back in 2015, has established himself as a regular under Leonardo Jardim this season, making 24 appearances in all competitions.
Man United have developed a strong business relationship with Monaco in recent times following deals involving Radamel Falcao and Anthony Martial.
And according to the Independent‘s Evan Bartlett, Mourinho is willing to offload a number of players to garner the funds necessary for triggering Silva’s release clause.
Monaco have always come across as something of a lukewarm outfit – propped up by millions but lacking soul and character, consigned to playing second fiddle to an even richer, more soulless but ultimately superior Paris Saint Germain side.
This season, however, Jardim has taken a disjointed outfit and turned them into a group of integrated, thoroughbred warriors. They currently top the Ligue 1 table, sitting three points ahead of PSG, and at the heart of their newly discovered verve is Silva. The Portuguese, alongside Tiemoue Bakayoko (another reported transfer target for next summer), has been an effervescent force this season, impressing many with his prowess on ball and capacity to burst forward and launch attacks from midfield.
Some may question the astronomical figure Mourinho is supposedly willing to pay for Silva, but make no mistake: the 22-year-old is one to watch.