Bernardo Silva is on the brink of a mouthwatering move to Manchester City this summer – and that could be very tasty news for fantasy football managers.
The Monaco star landed in Manchester on Friday morning to complete a reported £65m move, which would be a club-record fee for the Citizens.
Pep Guardiola has poached one of Europe’s most sought-after players from right under the nose of arch rivals United, with Jose Mourinho a keen admirer of his Portuguese compatriot.
It is believed Silva is in England to undergo a medical.
The 22-year-old has taken this season by storm, putting the disappointment of missing out on Portugal’s Euro 2016 triumph through injury behind him emphatically.
Silva has been the creative inspiration in a bristling Monaco side full of burgeoning talents, helping them to a first Ligue 1 title since the turn of the century and the Champions League semi-finals.
The stylish winger amassed double figures for both goals and assists in all competitions and was shortlisted for the Ligue 1 Player of the Year Award.
He will now compete with City’s embarrassment of riches in attacking positions, with Kevin De Bruyne, David Silva, Leroy Sane, Sergio Aguero, Raheem Sterling and Gabriel Jesus all gunning for starting roles.
What could this mean for your fantasy football team?
Could Silva be the first massive new signing on Dream Team next season?
He’s one of the hottest properties in Europe right now and was a target for Manchester United and Real Madrid before City swooped.
English football fans will already be very aware of his potential too after he tore Tottenham and City apart in the Champions League.
WhoScored, the providers for Dream Team’s rating system, have Silva at an overall rating of 7.22 in all competitions this season and 7.29 in Ligue 1.
To put that in some context, that’s a higher rating than both PSG winger Angel Di Maria (7.28) and Monaco team-mate Kylian Mbappe (7.22).
He has the potential to blossom into one of the finest playmakers on the planet and given the likes of Eden Hazard – the highest rated Premier League player on WhoScored – and Christian Eriksen were initially valued around £6.5m on the Dream Team game this season, we’d estimate he’d be in the same ball park or a slightly cheaper alternative.
Could he be your Dream Team hero next season?
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