Vincent Kompany could hand Man City a £50m transfer headache with release clause active

Manchester City's Bernardo Silva during a press conference
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Vincent Kompany is reportedly ready to raid former club Manchester City in a bid to lure Bernardo Silva to Bayern Munich.

Kompany was appointed as the new Bayern manager earlier this summer and is tasked with wrestling back the Bundesliga title from Bayer Leverkusen, who ended the Bavarians' 11-year stranglehold on the division by winning a first league title in their history in the 2023/24 campaign.

Earlier this week, though, Bayern started the rebuilding process by agreeing a £60m deal with Crystal Palace for forward Michael Olise. However, it appears that Kompany and Co have now got their eyes on City midfielder Silva, who is reported to have a £50m release clause in his current deal at the Etihad.

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The 29-year-old, who joined City from AS Monaco in a £43.5m deal in 2017, has two years remaining on his current deal with the Cityzens but has regularly been linked with a move away from the club in recent seasons.

According to the Daily Star, Bayern are "set to trigger" Silva's release clause this summer but are "unlikely" to be the only European side eyeing a move for the midfielder, who scored in Portugal's 3-0 win over Turkey on Saturday.

The report claims that Barcelona, who are credited as being long-term suitors of Silva, are struggling to raise the funds necessary to activate the midfielder's release clause.

Asked about Silva's future earlier this month, City manager Pep Guardiola said: “I hope he stays, he is a fundamental player for us, a gem of a player, as a person. If you want a player you have to call him, and it hasn't happened.”