By Alan Hutton

10th Aug, 2022 | 3:53pm

Man City backed to accept '£70m' Bernardo Silva bid after update - pundit

Alan Hutton has claimed Man City could accept £60million or £70million for Bernardo Silva.

Speaking exclusively to Football Insider, the ex-Tottenham and Aston Villa defender suggested Pep Guardiola won’t want to let Silva leave but it will be up to the player to decide his future.

According to the Daily Mail (9 August), City have dismissed claims that they accepted a bid of £46million for the 28-year-old.

The Manchester club are said to value the midfielder at £80million.

The Portugal international has three years remaining on his contract at the Etihad.

Silva was on the bench for City in their opening Premier League game against West Ham on Sunday (7 August).

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He was subbed on in place of Ilkay Gundogan for the final 20 minutes of City’s 2-0 victory.

When asked if the Cityzens would listen to offers of £70m for Silva, Hutton told Football Insider: “Yes of course,

£70m is a lot of money, even £60m is a lot so I think any club would obviously listen to offers.

They put a valuation on his head and rightly so, he’s a fantastic player. You listen to Pep Guardiola talking about him, he doesn’t want him to leave but if somebody higher up the chain makes that decision that they’re going to accept a bid then it falls down to the player’s feet.

Is he willing to go and speak to the club or is he happy where he’s at. I think either way Manchester City would be happy. But you get the feeling that Man City are desperate for him to stay so I think the ball is in Bernardo’s court.

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