Man Utd to miss out on wonderkid as City’s Bernardo Silva will ‘pull strings’

Manchester City star Bernardo Silva could be set to 'pull some strings' in order to get a Portuguese wonderkid to join the reigning champions instead of Manchester United.

Benfica's Joao Neves is the latest hot commodity on the market as the 19-year-old midfielder has become a crucial component of the side's midfield since Enzo Fernandez completed his £105million move to Chelsea in January earlier this year.

The Portuguese international has impressed Erik ten Hag's side this season as they've reportedly kept tabs on the youngster with Benfica leading Primeira Liga with nine wins in their last 10 league games.

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Despite United's interest, Silva, 29, who admitted his happiness for Neves shining on both the club and international stage, insisted he will "pull strings" to get the midfielder to the blue side of Manchester. "I am very happy for Joao and other kids who are appearing in Benfica’s team and also in the national team,' he said during an appearance at a gala event in Lisbon.

"Joao Neves in the Premier League? I think that players with quality can play in any championship. I see him very focused on his club, which is the most important thing at the moment, a very young player but with a very promising future ahead of him.

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"For City instead of United? If I can, I will pull strings to Joao Neves to go to Man City. I’d like to see João joining City instead of Man United, of course."

Neves made his debut for the national team last month as Silva said he could potentially help Portugal to another European Championship triumph, following their win of the tournament in 2016. "He arrived at the national team, settled in and integrated very well. He’s another one to help, if the coach thinks so, to help us help win the European Championship."

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Manchester City are aiming to become the first Premier League side to win four Premier League titles in a row as the plan is going according to schedule as they lead the league in November.

They sit a point ahead of both Liverpool and Arsenal but face the former on Saturday (November 25) in what should prove to be a tasty clash for neutral viewers.

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