NOT Mahrez-Man City’s 2023/24 Season in Potential Jeopardy, as Saudi Club makes Stunning £800-a-Week Offer to Steal City most Creative player, City Should Not Let It Happen

Man City creative midfielder is being offered a massive £800,000-per-week salary to swap Manchester City for the Saudi Pro League.

 

The Saudis are searching for more marquee summer signings to boost their booming league – and the Portuguese ace is one of their latest top targets.

Silva, 28, still has two years left on his £150,000-a-week contract at the Etihad – and Pep Guardiola’s Treble winners are desperate to keep hold of him.

 

They have already rejected a significant offer from French rivals Paris Saint-Germain after previously managing to see off Barcelona’s long-term interest by pricing him beyond the means.

The Nou Camp was Silva’s preferred destination but with his fee set at £60million, the hard-up Spaniards instead went for City team-mate and free agent, Ilkay Gundogan.

That has left Silva’s future in limbo. He seems keen to add a new chapter to a glittering career – opening the door for the Saudis to launch their audacious swoop.

As with another City forward Riyad Mahrez – being tracked by Al Ittihad – the loaded Middle East nation are prepared to pay a bumper salary – on top of a £70m-plus transfer fee – to tempt the ex-Monaco man away.

The £41.6m annual package on the table for Silva, funded by the country’s Public Investment Fund, would pocket the five-time Premier League winner more than five times the amount he does in Manchester.

The £41.6m annual package on the table for Silva, funded by the country’s Public Investment Fund, would pocket the five-time Premier League winner more than five times the amount he does in Manchester.

 

Silva, despite his vital part in City’s dominance, both domestically and in Europe last season, is not even among their leading ten earners – sitting level with barely-used fringe first-team players, such as Kalvin Phillips.

Although the identity of the Saudi club chasing him is yet to be confirmed, it is thought to be Al Hilal.

 

Whether what amounts to a 400 per cent wage increase will be sufficient to persuade Silva, capped 83 times by Portugal, to demand a transfer from City this summer remains to be seen.

 

Should he depart, he will join the likes of N’Golo Kante, Ruben Neves and former Real Madrid striker Karim Benzema In the Saudi Pro League – and initial superstar acquisition Cristiano Ronaldo.