Atletico Madrid have reached out to Manchester City to propose a swap deal involving midfielders Saul Niguez and Bernardo Silva.
26-year-old Saul is keen to walk away from Atleti this summer and has no shortage of transfer suitors, with City, Manchester United, Chelsea, Juventus, Paris Saint-Germain and Bayern Munich all linked with the Spaniard.
His price tag, which sits at around £60m, could be a little problematic in a post-COVID world, but The Times claim Atletico have offered City the chance to avoid paying that fee and instead send Silva to the Wanda Metropolitano in exchange.
Silva, also 26, is known to be frustrated with his situation at City. He asked to leave last summer but saw his request knocked back, and his stance has not changed after he saw a reduction in his playing time this year.
The Portugal international managed just 24 Premier League starts during the 2020/21 season and has again made it clear to City that he would to move away from the club – so a straight-swap for Saul does make a lot of sense