Date: 26th August 2022 at 11:10am
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Manchester City have rejected an offer from Paris Saint-Germain for midfielder Bernardo Silva, according to reports. 

As per The Times, the Premier League champions have refused a bid of £59 million for the Portuguese, who has also attracted interest from Spanish side Barcelona this summer.

Pep Guardiola has spoken previously of his desire to keep the midfielder, and it appears that those in charge of the club are of the same opinion.

The report also claims that PSG believe City have rejected the offer as Guardiola believes Silva can help the club end their wait for a first Champions League triumph.

It is also suggested that Silva may be open to the idea of leaving Manchester having rejected a new contract offer – which would have put him on similar wages to Kevin de Bruyne – from his current employers recently.

Silva scored his first goal of the season against Newcastle on Sunday

Silva, 28, registered his first goal and assist of the season during City’s thrilling 3-3 draw against Newcastle United at St. James’ Park on Sunday.

The Portugal international had only made substitute appearances in City’s first two league matches, but did play the entirety of their Community Shield defeat to Liverpool.

Since joining City from Monaco in 2017, Silva has made more than 250 appearances for the club, winning four Premier League titles in that time.

He has also scored scored 49 times and registered 51 assists, including one of each against The Magpies on Sunday.

Last summer, the midfielder was told he could leave The Etihad for ‘family reasons’ as he looked to pursue a move to Barcelona, but the Spanish side were unable to find the funds to finalise a deal.

A year on, it appears that the La Liga side may have missed their chance as, despite once again showing interest in the player, it looks like a move is unlikely to happen between now and the end of the transfer window on September 1.

City have already let Raheem Sterling, Oleksandr Zinchenko and Gabriel Jesus leave this summer, so it remains to be seen whether or not they would let another key first team player depart.

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