Manchester United target Bernardo Silva has admitted that he would consider a move away from Monaco in order to play in a better league.
It was reported earlier this month that Jose Mourinho, keen on bolstering his midfield over the summer, had prioritised the 22-year-old as a transfer target.
Silva has been nothing short of exceptional this season, making 56 appearances and featuring at the heart of Monaco’s first Ligue 1 title in 17 years.
And the Portuguese, speaking to SIC, hinted towards a possible move away from the principality in the near future.
“I am finishing my third season in Monaco, who gave me the opportunity to play at a higher level,” he said.
“But of course, every player dreams of playing for the best teams and in the best divisions one day. I’m no exception.”
Monaco will, no doubt, slap a abnormally heavy price tag on their main stars of this season, and Silva promises to be no exception, with some reports suggesting that Mourinho will need to fork out a minimum of £70m for the midfielder’s signature.
Perhaps the most incredible feature of the 22-year-old’s game over the last nine months has been the seamlessness with which he has taken to every position in midfield: against Saint Etienne, the game that saw Leonardo Jardim’s men secure title glory, he featured on the right, but he can hurt teams from deep, at No.10 and on either flank without his mazy style being compromised in the slightest.
Such versatility and lethal unpredictability would, no doubt, be a huge asset for Mourinho next season as he seeks to improve his side’s potency going forward.