Manchester City’s manager, Pep Guardiola, reportedly expressed interest in a potential swap deal involving one of football’s brightest prospects during negotiations to retain Bernardo Silva this summer.
Bernardo Silva, the Portuguese playmaker, secured a new three-year contract with Manchester City in June, following a triumphant season of domestic and international success. However, prior to the agreement, Silva’s future was the subject of interest from top clubs, including Paris Saint-Germain (PSG) and Barcelona.While the 29-year-old ultimately decided to remain at City, concerns within the club existed regarding his potential departure. According to Fabrice Hawkins of RMC Sport, Pep Guardiola was initially hesitant to allow one of his key players to depart Manchester City and join PSG.Nevertheless, it is rumored that Guardiola might have considered the move if PSG had been willing to include one of their prized young talents in the deal. The prospect in question is midfielder Warren Zaire-Emery, who, despite being just 17 years old, has already established himself as a regular starter in PSG’s lineup.Warren Zaire-Emery received praise from Arsenal legend Thierry Henry last month, and PSG manager Luis Enrique described the French youngster as playing “beyond his years” in the central midfield role, likening his performance to that of a 37-year-old.Since the implementation of Brexit, English clubs have been unable to sign players under the age of 18 from European clubs. However, there are specific criteria under which exemptions to this rule may be granted.Warren Zaire-Emery’s status as one of English football’s most promising prospects could have further bolstered Manchester City’s formidable squad, as they pursue their fifth consecutive Premier League title. The club has maintained a perfect record this season, although they required an injury-time goal to defeat Sheffield United and mounted a comeback to secure a victory over West Ham earlier this month.