Manchester United reportedly have an option to buy AS Monaco star Bernardo Silva, also a target for Chelsea and Barcelona, at a certain price in the near future

As per an exclusive by Le 10 Sport, Manchester United have an option in place to secure the services of AS Monaco superstar Bernardo Silva. The playmaker had been linked with the likes of Chelsea, Barcelona and Manchester United. But, it looks like the Red Devils are now in the lead and primed to land the Portuguese.

Bernardo Silva is managed by the same agent as Jose Mourinho – Jorge Mendes. And the Manchester United manager seems to hold the Portuguese in high regard, being fully aware of his current talents and future potential. The report states that the Red Devils have taken a major step towards landing the AS Monaco star.

As per the report, Manchester United have already laid the foundation of a summer transfer for Bernardo Silva, with an option secured for the future transfer of the player. While the transfer is yet to be set in stone, the option entails that the Red Devils may buy Bernardo Silva at a certain price before a certain date.

While the specific details of the option has not been revealed by Le 10 Sport, this would be a huge boost to Jose Mourinho’s plans to bring the player over to Old Trafford. The 22-year-old Portuguese international has endeared himself not only to the fans of AS Monaco, but also the aforementioned clubs as well.

Looks like the Red Devils are running away in the race to sign Bernardo Silva. (Picture Courtesy - AFP/Getty Images)

Looks like the Red Devils are running away in the race to sign Bernardo Silva. (Picture Courtesy – AFP/Getty Images)

Chelsea are looking for additions to the front-three, especially with added fixtures of UEFA Champions League set to appear on the Blues’ schedule in the coming season. Chelsea were recently reported to have opened talks with the player over a possible summer move.

Everyone is aware of Barcelona’s over-reliance on the trio of Messi, Suarez and Neymar. And the Catalans are eyeing Bernardo Silva to ease some pressure off the shoulders of MSN. The player’s ability to play in the midfield as well is an added bonus and his ease on the ball means he will slot in perfectly with the footballing philosophy at Nou Camp.

Manchester United, on the other hand, would be more than happy to give Bernardo Silva his natural right-wing role, wherefrom he has produced some exhilarating displays. Mourinho is looking to add depth in the wing areas after the departure of Memphis Depay, and Bernardo Silva would enable him to do just that.

The player is reportedly valued at around the £70 million mark and while the price in the option that Manchester United have in place have not been mentioned, it is expected to be in and around this.

United have a beautiful history with Portuguese wingers and Bernardo Silva may well be the next one to spread his magic around Old Trafford.

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