Manchester City sign Bernardo Silva from Monaco

City also want to bring in a new goalkeeper. Zabaleta is heading towards the London Stadium at the age of 32.

Silva's impending arrival adds another playmaker to Pep Guardiola's squad, with the versatile Portuguese star able to play on wither flank if desired.

Will these signings make Manchester City stronger? For them only departures can not tell the story of an overhaul.

Visibly thrilled at the move, Silva enthused "It feels great".

Whatever is the level of interest and completion on that transfer, on the face of it, it seems a highly symbiotic deal. So, it stands to reason that they would be looking for one or two replacements on the right wing. A quick and strong defender who is comfortable with the ball at his feet.

The 22-year-old's transfer was announced on Thursday, and it will be finalised when the window opens on July 1. In this writer's opinion, Raheem Sterling seems the best bet to take the Lucas Moura role, that of a player frustrated and cast aside, despite his age, talent and price tag.

"If not the best coach in the world, he is one of the best". He joined the French side in 2015 from Benfica where he came through the academy and was nicknamed "Little Messi".

Monaco said in a statement: "Having initially arrived on loan from Benfica in August 2014, Bernardo went on to enjoy a superb three season spell in the Principality that will live forever in the Monegasque memory".

"We have to finish this season, but we started to work for next season. We have to face an important competition in the Champions League, the club and me have the same point of view".

"CHAMPIONS LEAGUE! I'm proud of you guys".

With ongoing speculation that he has had his head turned with the potential for increased wages and a better chance of competing for trophies elsewhere moving forward, it looks as though Walker could be heading out the exit door at Tottenham this summer. He is a good player.

He scored nine and seven goals in his first two seasons. Though all these players were over the age of 30, the experience they carried was valuable to the team.

And, under Guardiola, that peerless developer of small, technical midfield wizards, he will be working under the flawless manager. Silva got involved in 2.2 aerial duels per 90 minutes with only 27% success rate. Can they challenge for the Premier League title?

  • Julie Sanders