Chelsea's £68m transfer target backed to reach same level as Messi and Ronaldo
Bernardo Silva is reportedly wanted by Chelsea. (AFP/Getty Images)

Bernardo Silva has been tipped to reach the same level as Lionel Messi and Cristiano Ronaldo by his Monaco team-mate Joao Moutinho.

Last week, reports claimed that Chelsea have already opened talks with the Ligue 1 leaders over a summer deal for the Portugal international, who is valued at €80m (£68.4m).

Manchester United are also reportedly keen on a deal and Moutinho believes the 22-year-old is on course to become an elite player.

‘When Bernardo arrived, I straight away said he was a good player but that he needed to keep working,’ said Moutinho.

Monaco's Portuguese midfielder Bernardo Silva (C) celebrates after scoring a goal during the French L1 football match between Paris Saint-Germain and Monaco on January 29, 2017 at the Parc des Princes stadium in Paris. / AFP / FRANCK FIFE        (Photo credit should read FRANCK FIFE/AFP/Getty Images)
Silva’s form has been praised by Moutinho. (AFP/Getty Images)

‘And that’s what he’s done this year. He had two fine seasons but this year he’s really been a revelation.

‘Messi, Eusebio, Cristiano Ronaldo, Maradona, Pele. They’re players who are and will remain in football history. I hope and believe that Bernardo has the quality to get close to that level.’

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