Manchester City attacking midfielder Bernardo Silva has turned down the chance to join Arsenal this summer transfer window, according to Portuguese journalist Felipe Dias.
Citizens head-coach Pep Guardiola revealed earlier this month that Bernardo is keen to depart from the Etihad Stadium, and both Atletico Madrid and Barcelona though to be on alert.
The Gunners were also believed to be in the running for the Portugal international, however, Dias has reported that the 27-year-old has turned down the opportunity to join Man City’s Premier League rivals.
“The information we have is that Bernardo has made it pretty clear that this is the right time for him to leave,” Dias told Transfer Talk.
“He did want to go to Barcelona. He wanted to live in Barcelona and play for Barcelona but Barcelona is going through such a big crisis that I don’t think they can afford a player like him at the moment.
“The latest we heard is that Bernardo has rejected a move to Arsenal and if that is the case I think rightly so because I don’t think that would be a step forward in his career. So, as it stands, Bernardo does want to leave City, but there’s a big question mark as far as where he will go.”
Bernardo, who still has four years left before his deal expires at the Etihad Stadium, was a late substitute during the Community Shield defeat against Leicester City.