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Atletico offer Saul Niguez to Man City in Bernardo exchange

Atletico Madrid have offered Manchester City the chance to sign Saul Niguez as part of an exchange deal that would see Bernardo Silva head to the Spanish champions.

Niguez has been linked with a summer exit from Atletico after reportedly becoming unsettled at the club, with Manchester United and Bayern Munich amongst the sides to have been credited with an interest in the midfielder.

 

Atletico are prepared to allow the 26-year-old to leave and are now understood to have proposed a part-exchange deal to the Premier League champions, with Diego Simeone’s side interested in signing Bernardo Silva.

Atletico value Niguez in the region of €70m and are hopeful their proposal will tempt City into a deal, a situation which would benefit both clubs in the current climate and in terms of financial fair play.

Bernardo has been a key part of City’s success in recent seasons and has won three league titles across the past four seasons, though the Times are reporting that the Portugal international is keen for a new challenge after seeing his role reduced this season.

The 26-year-old reportedly asked to leave the Etihad last summer after being angered by an FA suspension for a social media post, with his desire to exit having only increased following a season in which his minutes were reduced amid competition for places from Phil Foden, Riyad Mahrez and Raheem Sterling.

Bernardo is currently preparing for this summer’s European championships, with Portugal looking to defend the crown they claimed in France in 2016.

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