Bernardo Silva’s self-valuation stirs transfer speculation
Bernardo Silva, the Manchester City midfielder, recently spoke out about his perceived market value, sparking debate in the football world.
The Portuguese playmaker, who has been a vital member for the Blues since joining from AS Monaco in 2017, has boldly valued himself at ‘around €50 million (£40 million),’ pointing at potential suitors such as Barcelona and Benfica.
However, Silva’s self-evaluation appears to be off the mark, as Transfermarkt valued the 29-year-old master at an astonishing €80 million (£69 million).
Asked about a return to Benfica by A Bola, Silva said: “I’ve never hidden that one day I want to go back, so of course I do. Now, we’ll see over time what’s possible and it’s not worth talking about this all the time, because people get tired… Let’s see.”
He added: “You can, now there are contractual issues that have to be respected and… you have to live the reality, that Portuguese football at a financial level cannot compete with English, Spanish or even German and French clubs, therefore…
“For example, even if I wanted to go to Benfica at the moment it was totally impossible because Manchester City is asking for a lot of money for a transfer for me. In the last four or five years I have been a player valued at over 50 million euros and it is impossible for a Portuguese club to pay that kind of value. People have to be a little realistic.”
Silva’s on-field excellence commands a price on the transfer market, with over 300 games for City and significant contributions to their Premier League and Champions League titles.
As rumors circulate over Silva’s impending departure from the Etihad, football fans wonder whether potential suitors will agree with Silva’s self-evaluation or the high valuation established by market analysts.
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