The Manchester City fans in the Transfer Tavern are deeply concerned by rumours linking their Spanish wizard away from the club.
Reports coming from The Sun this morning suggest that David Silva is a transfer target for Premier League rivals Liverpool. The sale of ‘Merlin’ as he is affectionately known by the City faithful propping up the bar here would be all but conclude the end of an era for Manchester City.
City’s transformation from a club that could hope for nothing more than a mid-table finish at best, to a club that now has genuine aspirations of winning the Champions League began in 2007 with the sale of the club to the infamous Thai owner Thaksin Shinawatra. The Thai businessman catalysed the transformation of the club and helped draw interest from current owner Sheikh Mansour who purchased City the following year.
The Sheikh’s willingness to invest astronomical sums of money throughout the club on talented players has since enabled the side to become a genuine heavyweight on the European stage.
The summer transfer window in 2010 during Roberto Mancini saw Silva arrive in Manchester along with Mario Balotelli, Yaya Toure, Aleksander Kolarov, James Milner and Jerome Boateng. By the end of the season, City had secured their first ever Champions League finish in the clubs Premier League history with a 3rd placed finish. The club have not since finished outside of the top-four.
Since 2010, an abundance of players have arrived and left Manchester, but Silva has been an instrumental presence in almost every step of their recent history. Just this summer, City waved goodbye to Kolarov, Clichy, Sagna and fan-favourite Zabaleta as City accelerate into a new era under Pep Guardiola.
Within the current City squad, only Toure and Kompany remain from the players who arrived during the early years of City’s evolution before they were playing Champions League football. With Kompany struggling for fitness in recent years and Toure well out of favour this season, Silva is the last surviving key player remaining on City’s books from the pre-Champions League era.
The sale of Silva would confirm the end of an incredible era of Manchester City and Premier League history in which the dynamics of the competition were transformed in less than a decade thanks to the impact of Silva and multiple other stars of City’s recent past.