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The heir apparent to the Milan captaincy needs to be retained this summer.
Captain Massimo Ambrosini has resigned for one more season, but it is likely Silva will wear the armband most if he stays, which he better.
Manchester City and Barcelona are the two clubs most keen on landing Silva, but Real Madrid and Chelsea are also very high on that list. Barcelona wasted the entire summer last year pursuing the 27-year-old Brazilian national team captain, who has emerged as arguably the world's best center back.
There are reports that Milan have already rejected a 30 million euro offer for Silva, who is under contract until 2016. If the club has the same mentality as its fans, they will keep saying no.
There are some players you cannot put a price tag on. When one such player, Paolo Maldini, retired in 2009, the world thought that Milan would be wasting their time looking for a replacement. There was a man who spent all 25 years of his career with Milan. He was their captain, their rock in the back, one of the greatest defensive players of all-time and a champion unlike any other.
Thiago Silva may not be just the heir apparent to the captaincy, he could very well be the heir to Paolo Maldini.