By Bwire Marvin.
Manchester City were up and running in the transfer market as the Citizens issued a clear statement of intent in the transfer market on Friday night as Pep Guardiola’s planned revolution at the Etihad Stadium this summer started off with the £43.6 million signing of Monaco’s star midfielder Bernado Silva.
22 years old Silva,flew into Manchester on Thursday night and underwent a medical on Friday before the Portugal play-maker put pen to paper on a long-term contract in what is expected to be the first of at least six new arrivals at the club as Guardiola reacts to a disappointing debut season in England.
City are understood to have paid a flat fee with no add-ons for Silva, who was instrumental in Monaco’s march to the Ligue 1 title this season as well as their progress to the Champions League semi-finals, which involved eliminating City in an enthralling Round of 16 tie. He will officially join City on July 1.
Silva claimed 10 goals and 10 assists in 51 appearances for the French club this season and will assist Guardiola’s wish for more players capable of retaining possession in the final third and hurting opponents with their creativity. Guardiola also believes he will help to provide more cutting edge in attack after bemoaning his team’s wastefulness this season.
City’s failure to plan ahead defensively saw them lose three full-backs in one go this week and the club are keen to avoid a repeat situation in the attacking positions going forward.
Guardiola has wasted little time clearing the decks this week in anticipation of the club’s biggest summer overhaul since their Abu Dhabi owners’ takeover in 2008. Goalkeeper Willy Caballero, full-backs Pablo Zabaleta, Gael Clichy and Bacary Sagna and winger Jesus Navas were all released, with up to nine others likely to be offloaded, as Guardiola prepares the way for new blood.