Manchester United and Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern have long been prepared for a crucial battle on the transfer market this summer, with big names being linked to both sides.
A number of the players mentioned as potential targets for the Manchester giants are also being linked with a move to their cross-city rivals, which could spark a huge bidding war later down the line in the coming months.
However, Manchester City are set to secure first blood with a huge deal bringing Bernardo Silva to the club from Monaco – and it’s reported that Manchester United have ended their interest in the Portuguese ace, giving an early victory to the Citizens.
Bernardo Silva has excelled with Monaco this year, helping push the side to Ligue 1 glory and the quarter-finals of the Champions League – exceeding the expectations that they had prior to the current campaign.
Their young and talented side is set to be raided by top club’s across Europe in the coming months and City have become the first vulture to swoop on Monaco’s carcass, securing a 22-year-old with great potential for the future and one that already has incredible ability.
Adding to an attack that already boasts the likes of Sergio Aguero, Gabriel Jesus, Raheem Sterling, Leroy Sane and Kevin De Bruyne, Bernardo Silva’s addition cements the Citizen’s position as title favourites ahead of the new campaign- and Manchester United are now under pressure to respond.
The Red Devils are linked with big names of their own but it’s now their move on the chess board and a significant deal needs to be completed quickly.
Jose Mourinho’s side have a clear transfer strategy for the months ahead but they haven’t really left themselves too much room for failure, which is a concern for fans as the Red Devils have been linked to some huge deals in recent years that never went through.
For now, the ball is in Manchester City’s court and they don’t look like giving it up easily, so Manchester United will need to move quickly if they’re to snatch the mantle of Premier League favourites from their arch-rivals.