Thiago Silva has revealed that he has had discussions with Barcelona about the possibility of heading to the Nou Camp from Milan.
The Brazilian centre-half, who only recently signed a new deal with the Italian champions, has made tremendous progress since joining from Fluminense three years ago.
And now it appears that his performances at the heart of the Rossoneri’s rearguard have alerted the European champions.
“I have spoken with Barcelona, and thus I can speak about it as it is a ‘legal’ argument,” he told TV Esporte Interactivo.
“Now they have to speak with the directors at Milan as I signed an extension until 2016 just three months ago.”
The 26-year-old also reserved special praise for the Catalans’ famed passing game, admitting that it is “just so perfect”.
It remains to be seen whether Milan will react angrily to news of Barcelona speaking to Silva, particularly without their knowledge, as suggested by the interview on the ‘Zico na area’ programme.
Roma centre-back Philippe Mexes has already made the move to the San Siro on a free transfer, but with Alessandro Nesta nearing the end of his career, boss Massimiliano Allegri would be loathe to cash in on Silva.
If Barcelona do get their man – and reported targets such as Arsenal skipper Cesc Fabregas, Villarreal’s Giuseppe Rossi and Udinese forward Alexis Sanchez – their La Liga title odds may well shorten.
The Blaugrana are currently priced as the 13/20 odds-on favourites to win a fourth straight top-flight crown, with Real Madrid rated as their most likely contenders at 5/4.
Silva has won caps for Brazil in a career which has also included stints at RS Futebol, Juventude, Porto and Dinamo Moscow.
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