Manchester City are the first Premier League club to make a big money signing even before the summer transfer window opens after the Etihad Stadium outfit completed a £43m swoop for Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva on Friday.

Silva, the highly rated 22-year-old Portuguese who has scored 11 goals and provided 10 assists in 58 appearances for Monaco across all competitions this season, jetted into the north West to complete a medical and put pen to paper on a five-year contract.

It is understood City boss Pep Guardiola has long been an admirer of Silva, but was particularly enthused by the 12-cap Portugal international after the first leg of February’s Champions League tie with Monaco.

The Catalan is privately thought to have been effusive about his performance at the Etihad Stadium and insistent Silva should quickly head to City.

“I’m very happy to be part of Manchester City’s team and I look forward to trying to do my best to help the team reach their goals,” Silva, who will be wearing the No.20 shirt at City said after putting pen to paper.

“Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by [Pep] Guardiola, you don’t say no. If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best.

“As we all know, what he did in Barcelona and Bayern Munich was amazing and we expect also here that he will win titles. It’s great to be working with him and to have this opportunity.”

Meanwhile, Allsoccerplanet gathered that City are now set to launch a bid for Monaco left-back Benjamin Mendy as Guardiola looks to complete significant pieces of transfer business early this summer.


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