Not James: Man Utd and Man City are neck and neck in the race to sign €50m playmaker

According to Le 10 Sport, Manchester United and Manchester City are the two clubs in the race to sign Monaco playmaker Bernardo Silva.

In the piece, it’s suggested the Ligue 1 leaders would not stand in the midfielder’s way if they were to receive a substantial offer. It’s added reports have valued Silva near the €50 million (£42 million) mark, although that amount may rise should the two rivals go head-to-head in the chase for him.

The 22-year-old has been magnificent for the principality club this season, helping the team to the top of the table and what is likely to be a Ligue 1 title win. Here is a look at one of his standout displays from this season:

Utilised on the right flank, Silva has been difficult for opposition defenders to pin down. The youngster floats infield, takes the ball in tight spaces and is able to ghost away from markers in a flash courtesy of his balance. He regularly makes the right decision, too, with seven goals and nine assists in Ligue 1 this season.

Football journalist David Cartlidge is a big fan of Silva:

For United or City he’d be a tremendous coup, as Silva possesses everything needed to go to the very top of the game.

At Old Trafford he’d be a big hit in one of the wide positions, or operating off a centre-forward. The Portuguese may prove to be a costly acquisition, but he’s a joy to watch and a player with the quality to improve any team in the Premier League.

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