Jose Mourinho has expressed a desire to pursue Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva this summer, according to reports.
It was recently reported that Manchester United had entered advanced negotiations with Monaco over securing the 22-year-old’s signature in the coming months.
Silva, who arrived at Monaco in 2014, has been an instrumental force for a side on the cusp of a Champions League final and coasting towards the Ligue 1 title this season.
And according to the Independent‘s Jack Pitt-Brooke, Mourinho has placed emphasis ahead of the summer on securing the Brazilian’s signature.
Tottenham Hotspur and Manchester City supporters are already painfully aware of the threat posed by Silva. He was, after all, the main dismantling force in the Monaco side that – somewhat emphatically – beat both earlier on in the season. They witnessed, first hand, the mesmerising nature of Silva’s style: diminutive, surprisingly hard to brush to one side, blessed with sumptuous prowess on the ball and, as Spurs discovered at Wembley, a threat in front of goal.
Then again, most of Ligue 1 would also tell you the same thing: Monaco may not have sustained their pursuit of the Ligue 1 title this season if it wasn’t for the mazy, unpredictable brilliance of Silva at the heart of midfield. Mourinho will be hoping to see the Brazilian inflict further damage on Pep Guardiola and Mauricio Pochettino next season – this time in a Man United shirt.