Manchester United: AS Monaco Star Hints at Premier League Transfer

AS Monaco winger Bernardo Silva.
AS Monaco's Bernardo Silva at Stade Louis II, Monaco, March 15. Silva has expressed a desire for a transfer to the Premier League. Andrew Couldridge/Reuters

AS Monaco winger Bernardo Silva has expressed an interest in a transfer to the English Premier League.

Silva, 22, has been a central figure in a youthful Monaco side that has reached the Champions League quarterfinals and sits atop Ligue 1, level on points with Paris Saint-Germain but with a better goal difference and a game in hand.

"For now, I'm feeling very well here in Monaco," Silva told CNN.

"It's my third season in France, but of course all the players want to play in the best leagues. Spain and England are the best, and of course I dream one day to be there."

Silva, a left-footed playmaker, has been linked strongly with transfers to Manchester United and Chelsea this summer.

In February, Le10Sport in France claimed an agreement was already in place to give United the first option on taking Silva to the Premier League.

United manager Jose Mourinho will attempt to add creativity to his squad this summer in order to solve his team's lack of goals. United has scored 12 fewer goals than any other team in the Premier League's top seven so far this season.

Silva is not dissimilar to Juan Mata, who has enjoyed a fine season under Mourinho. But Mata was sold by Mourinho when he was Chelsea manager and there remains the suspicion that he is neither quick nor dynamic enough for the team Mourinho would like to create at United.

AS Monaco resumes its quarterfinal tie against Borussia Dortmund on Wednesday evening leading 3-2 from the first leg last week at Signal Iduna Park that was delayed a day following the attack on the Dortmund team bus.

United, meanwhile, entertains Anderlecht on Thursday in the Europa League quarterfinal second leg. The first game at Constant Vanden Stock stadium last week finished 1-1.