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Rumor mill: Bayern Munich eyeing Manchester City’s Bernardo Silva?

Silva has been reportedly looking for a club where he could establish himself as a regular player.

Manchester City v Leicester City - The FA Community Shield Photo by Chloe Knott - Danehouse/Getty Images

Per Portuguese journalist Pedro Almeida (as captured by Sports Illustrated), Bayern Munich are one of the three clubs interested in signing Manchester City midfielder Bernardo Silva. City recently acquired their long-term midfield target Jack Grealish for an alleged nine-digit transfer fee and as a result, Silva has been deemed surplus to their requirements for the upcoming season, with coach Pep Guardiola even confirming the Portugal midfielder’s desire to leave after his side’s 1-0 loss to Leicester City in Community Shield.

Now, it’s being reported that Bayern Munich, along with Atletico Madrid and Arsenal are planning to make a move for Silva, who is valued at more than 50 million pounds by City officials. However, all of the interested clubs will have to offload some players in order to finance a transfer of this magnitude.

City could also include Silva in a player-plus-cash deal for Tottenham’s Harry Kane, as they are unwilling to meet the North London club’s enormous £160m valuation of their star striker.

Considering that the Bavarians are actively searching for a capable midfielder to deputize for Joshua Kimmich and Leon Goretzka, it may be a bit convenient for reporters to link Silva to Bayern. However, it is difficult to imagine Die Roten splashing 50 million Euros on a player, when the club bosses have repeatedly emphasized that no more big-money transfers are planned for this summer.

Moreover, Pedro Almeida is the same journalist who reported that Marcel Sabitzer-to-Bayern Munich is a done deal a few days ago, so we can take this rumor with a grain of salt. It’s probably not going to happen.