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Gianni VerschuerenFeatured Columnist IVMarch 14, 2017

AS Monaco star and reported Chelsea transfer target Bernardo Silva is said to have come close to signing for Barcelona last summer. Elsewhere, former Fulham striker Leroy Rosenior has advised Celtic starlet Moussa Dembele to spurn the Blues in favour of Arsenal.

According to Catalan outlet Mundo Deportivo (h/t’s Edo Dalmonte), Barcelona would have signed Silva during the summer of 2016 had Arda Turan been sold, freeing up the cash needed to bring the Portugal international to Catalonia.

MANCHESTER, ENGLAND - FEBRUARY 21: Thomas Lemar of Monaco greets teammate Bernardo Silva after a goal during the UEFA Champions League Round of 16 first leg match between Manchester City FC and AS Monaco at Etihad Stadium on February 21, 2017 in Mancheste

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Marca (h/t Dalmonte) recently linked Real Madrid, Manchester United and the Blues with Silva, who has positioned himself for a big move to a top club this summer with a sensational season in Ligue 1.

The 22-year-old has been the driving force behind Monaco’s record-setting attack, and sports writer Mohammed Ali thinks he’s a shoo-in for Ligue 1’s Player of the Year award:

Silva has long been regarded as a top talent. He rose to prominence in 2013, when he guided Portugal’s under-19 team to the semi-finals of the European Championship and made a huge impression on scouts.

A move to a major club was expected, but Silva shocked everyone by leaving Benfica for Monaco in 2014―first on loan―rather than a Premier League or La Liga giants.

It’s safe to say that decision has paid off―Silva will have his selection of top clubs in the summer and will likely cash in.

Here’s a look at some of his highlights:

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