Jose Mourinho is ready to flex Manchester United’s financial muscles once again at the end of the season and he’s put Monaco midfielder Bernardo Silva on his shopping list, believing the Ligue 1 ace to be the ideal fit for his side.
Silva, managed by super-agent Jorge Mendes who has orchestrated a wealth of Manchester United signings in recent years, is also a target for Spanish giants Real Madrid- which means that the Red Devils may have to pay around £70m for his signature.
That fee doesn’t seem to be effecting Mourinho’s interest in the 22-year-old though, as he feels Bernardo Silva can create a deadly partnership with another prime summer target of his; Atletico Madrid’s Antoine Griezmann.
Bernardo Silva is a very exciting and talented youngster but £70m is a figure that can buy a lot more bang for your buck, which raises questions as to why Manchester United are so heavily linked with his services. To be honest, the answer is probably Jorge Mendes.
Mendes has orchestrated the moves of Angel Di Maria and Radamel Falcao to Manchester United in recent years, neither of which ended in success for the Red Devils, and also has United boss Jose Mourinho and goalkeeper David De Gea on his books.
Having paid a staggering fee of £58m to Monaco 18 months ago to land Anthony Martial, a fee for Bernardo Silva is likely to surpass that and it could end-up being the latest in a long-line of transfer failings for Mourinho.