Bernardo Silva is on his way to Manchester… again! After a short stay in the city to complete his £43million move from AS Monaco in May, the Portuguese playmaker is en route to his new club after an extended break following the FIFA Confederations Cup.
The 22-year-old was City’s first signing of a busy summer and with the acquisitions that have arrived since, it may be easy to forget what an outstanding talent City bought from Monaco. In Ligue 1 and the Champions League last season, Bernardo scored 10 goals and registered 10 assists. One of those assists came in Monaco’s 3-1 win over Manchester City when he set up Kylian Mbappé for the first goal in a match that ultimately saw the Blues exit the Champions League.
Now he joins an increasingly impressive looking squad that Pep Guardiola is putting together, and his arrival also will also ease the burden on David Silva, who City have often looked lost without in recent years.
Bernardo posted a photo of his Instagram as he prepared to fly to Manchester and will soon begin his pre-season. Given the lateness of his arrival, it’s expected that he will be used sparingly in the opening games as he builds his fitness.