Portuguese playmaker Bernardo Silva is to join Manchester City from French champions Monaco on July 1 , the English Premier League club announced Friday.
Silva ’ s arrival is the first high – profile signing by Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola ahead of the 2017 / 18 campaign .
City gave no indication of the length of Silva ’ s contract nor did they specify a fee, although British media reports suggested they had paid around £ 43 million ($ 55 million , 49 million euros ) for the 22 – year-old .
Manchester United were also said to be interested in signing Silva but it was the Etihad Stadium club he opted for after flying into Manchester Airport on Thursday .
“ It feels great . To be honest I ’m now at one of the best teams in the world. To be part of this club and to have this opportunity is great , ” Silva told City ’ s website .
“ I ’ m very happy to be part of Manchester City ’ s team and I look forward to trying to do my best to help the team reach their goals .
“ Of course when you have the opportunity of being trained by Guardiola , you don ’ t say no. If not the best coach in the world , he is one of the best .
“ As we all know , what he did in Barcelona and Bayern Munich was amazing and we expect also here that he will win titles . It ’ s great to be working with him and to have this opportunity . ”
Spaniard Guardiola recently cleared out four senior players including winger Jesus Navas and defender Gael Clichy after the club finished a distant third behind Premier League champions Chelsea this term .
As well as Navas and Clichy , goalkeeper Willy Caballero and Bacary Sagna were also deemed surplus to requirements by Guardiola, with it having long been apparent that Pablo Zabaleta , who signed for English top – flight rivals West Ham on Friday, was on his way out .