Bernardo Silva was snapped up by the Manchester City in the summer of 2017 for a reported £43 million from AS Monaco, following an outstanding title-winning season with the French side.
Silva had initially impressed City scouts with an excellent performance over two legs in Monaco’s Champions League last 16 win over the Blues. But according to information in the new release, City had been made well aware of the Portuguese international’s talents years before this fixture.
Using information from new fly-on-the-wall book “Pep’s City: The making of a superteam”, Goal relayed that Manchester City Director of Football Txiki Begiristain was urged by super-agent Jorge Mendes to sign the then 18-year-old Bernardo from Benfica, whose asking price was a bargain £11m – almost a quarter of what Manchester City would go on to pay for him four years later.
Jorge Mendes is quoted as telling Txiki Begiristain: “You need to realise that Bernardo’s going to become the best in the world.”
Since making the Etihad switch, Silva has won four trophies and earned a place in the 2018/19 PFA Team of the Year. This week, Bernardo was also announced as a nominee for the 2019 Ballon d’Or, following an impressive summer with his UEFA Nation League-winning Portugal team, combined with his efforts for the Citizens. Regardless of the price paid, which in the current market still appears to be a ‘bargain’, Manchester City ultimately have made the right choice in signing ‘Bubblegum‘.
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