The 28-year-old, who has a contract with City through 2025, was instrumental in assisting Pep Guardiola’s team to a historic treble. He put in particularly strong performances in the Champions League, most notably scoring a brace in the convincing 4-0 victory over Real Madrid in their heavyweight semifinal matchup.
Silva’s City journey, which began in May 2017 when the Premier League champions decided to pay Monaco upwards of £60m plus performance add-ons, ended with the 1-0 victory over Inter in the Champions League final. This was the 14th trophy of Silva’s career.
Silva’s future at the club has grown increasingly unsure, despite City’s continuous success over the previous six years.
He acknowledged in August 2022 that he was content at City but had “no idea what’s going to happen” in the future despite reports linking him to Barcelona and Paris Saint-Germain. The Portuguese international was later revealed to be one of Barcelona’s top transfer targets in September 2022, and the Catalan giants even had a January inquiry rejected by City.
The club is eager to work with Silva as long as they receive an offer around the £75 million threshold, according to several news outlets, who understands that Silva has reiterated his wish to depart this summer. Silva previously informed City of his decision to seek a new challenge.
It’s unclear if Barcelona has the funds to execute a transfer, but according to a number of news sources, Ligue 1 winners PSG consider Silva as a potential replacement for Lionel Messi, who is reportedly moving to Inter Miami.
After months of rumors and back and forth between agents, Messi had appeared to be nearing a fairy-tale return to Camp Nou, but Barca were eventually unable to get their financial affairs in order to make a move feasible.
“Although I heard it was said La Liga had accepted that everything was fine for me to return, there were still many other things that had to be done. I heard that [Barcelona] had to sell players or lower player salaries and the truth is that I didn’t want to go through that,” Messi said after announcing his intention to move to MLS.
PSG is attempting to persuade Silva that a move back to Ligue 1 is his best option, despite the fact that it is currently believed that a move to Barcelona would be the player’s preference, as Messi is on the verge of leaving the French capital.
In 2017, Silva memorably led Monaco to the Ligue 1 championship, ironically ending PSG’s 17-year title drought by scoring an incredible goal against them.