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While Real Madrid are reportedly front of the queue for the France international, Premier League side Liverpool have also been linked and Silva seemingly hopes City could enter the race too.
Asked whichFrance player he'd like to take to City following Portugal's draw with Les Bleus, Silvatold L'Equipe:"Kylian Mbappe. He was already a special player for Monaco when I was there and he's also a friend. If we could buy him, that wouldn't be bad!"
City could certainly use the attacking spark of Mbappe right now as Pep Guardiola's side currently sit 13th in the Premier League after a stuttering start to the new campaign.
Silva has called for changes to be made at the Etihad to ensure they remain competitive moving forward and admits playing without fans as a result of the coronavirus pandemic has changed the complexion of the game.
"Without the supporters, there is no longer this pleasure, this atmosphere, this passion. We miss the supporters very much," Silva said.
"We have to accept reality, everyone has to change their way of life a little to try to protect us. But the truth, we are not going to lie, it is not the same football."
Silva has good memories of playing against Marseille during his time with Monaco and knows just how challenging the away trip can be.
"I scored my first goal with Monaco against Marseille.During my last season at ASM, I also scored twice at the Velodrome," he added.