AS Monaco midfielder and Manchester United target Bernardo Silva has expressed a desire to play in either England or Spain in the future.
It was reported over the January transfer window that Jose Mourinho was planning a £70m bid for the 22-year-old ahead of the summer.
Monaco president Vasim Vasilyev later confirmed that the club had received interest from “several major European clubs” with regards to the Brazilian.
And Silva, speaking earlier this week, further fanned the flames surrounding a potential transfer by nodding his head towards playing in either England or Spain at some point in his career.
“For now I’m feeling very well here in Monaco,” he said. “It’s my third season in France, but of course all the players want to play in the best leagues. Spain and England are the best, and of course I dream one day to be there.”
Monaco’s rampage towards top spot in Ligue 1 and the precipice of the Champions League semi-finals has been built on a style of football that sides have struggled to contend with this season. Leonardo Jardim’s men play with zip, skill, individuality and – most notably – raw pace.
And Silva, with 48 appearances so far this season, has thrived at the centre of this new approach, complimenting Tiemoué Bakayoko’s engine-like influence with a touch of craft and innovation. Mourinho will know that, at the age of 22, this is just the beginning for Silva; cashing in now would be worth it.