Lee Kang-in (22) is now more likely to play in the center of the park. That’s because Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) has completely abandoned its pursuit of Bernardo Silva (29).
“PSG have abandoned their bid for Manchester City midfielder Silva,” British outlet Sky Sports reported on Wednesday (Aug. 22). “Silva was one of PSG’s top targets this summer. There were moments when PSG believed they were very close to signing him, but they have now accepted the reality that he is no longer available.” “Silva is expected to sign a new contract with City shortly.” 안전놀이터
After helping City to their first ever treble last season, Silva was keen to leave the club for a new challenge. His skill and experience, as well as his tactical versatility, had attracted interest from several European clubs. PSG, Barcelona, and Saudi Arabia’s Al-Hilal were among the most active, with the oil-rich club offering £500,000 ($853,000), more than triple his current weekly wage.
Silva’s strength is his ability to play anywhere in the attacking third, from midfield to the left flank. In Guardiola’s system, he can also drop down to defensive midfield and act as a build-up man.
Guardiola even publicly called for Silva to stay this summer. “It is very difficult to replace great players like Silva and Kyle Walker. They have a very important impact on the team. City want to keep them and we will do everything to do that.”
Did Guardiola’s plea work? Silva chose to stay at City over several offers. On July 17, transfer market pundit Fabrizio Romano said, “Silva has reached a verbal agreement with City to renew his contract. The contract runs until 2026,” he said, indicating that Silva’s signing was imminent. Silva has earned Guardiola’s trust, starting and playing full-time in both the Community Shield against Arsenal on July 7 and the English Premier League (EPL) opener against Burnley on July 12.
Silva’s departure has a lot to do with Lee’s change of position. Originally, PSG had planned to use Silva as an attacking midfielder. However, it is now more likely that Lee will play in that position.
“PSGTalk,” a website that focuses on PSG news, recently reported that “PSG are keeping an eye on Silva, but if they don’t sign a new midfielder before the summer transfer window closes, the door is open for Lee,” adding, “The versatile Lee can play in a midfield position where he needs to be creative. “The versatile Lee can play in a midfield position where he needs to be creative. PSG don’t have the resources for that position.
France’s L’Equipe added: “Lee has played in central midfield for Mallorca. PSG sees his creative midfield abilities as a potential alternative.”