Monaco’s Bernardo Silva set to join Manchester City for £60m
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Monaco’s Bernardo Silva set to join Manchester City for £60m

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Pep Guardiola is set to break Manchester City’s transfer record by signing Monaco’s Bernardo Silva for £60m. The midfielder is expected to sign a five-year contract with the Premier League club on Friday.

Guardiola is determined to move swiftly in the transfer market this summer after failing to win a trophy in his first season at the Etihad and had earmarked the 22-year-old Monaco midfielder as one of his top targets.

Silva, who has 15 caps for Portugal after making his debut against Cape Verde in March 2015, joined Monaco on a permanent deal in the summer of that year having spent the previous season on loan there from Benfica.

The playmaker missed Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph through injury but has been instrumental in Monaco’s title win this season, as well as their progress in the Champions League, where they eliminated Manchester City before losing to Juventus in the semi-finals.

In the league in 2016-17, Silva played 37 games and scored eight goals and provided nine assists.

On Thursday, City confirmed the departures of Jesús Navas, Gaël Clichy, Willy Caballero and Bacary Sagna with Guardiola set for an overhaul of the squad he inherited last summer. All four players were out of contract this summer.

At £60m Silva would become the most expensive player in City’s history, beating the £55m, which the club paid for Kevin De Bruyne in 2015. City and Monaco were still discussing the smaller details of the deal on Friday, including the performance-related add-ons, but both were hopeful a conclusion would be reach before the weekend.

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