Thiago Silva: Pairing of Silva and Ibrahimovic Will Propel Paris Saint-Germain

Ryan RudnanskySenior Writer IJuly 12, 2012

MILAN, ITALY - MAY 13:  Zlatan Ibrahimovic of AC Milan during the Serie A match between AC Milan and Novara Calcio at Stadio Giuseppe Meazza on May 13, 2012 in Milan, Italy.  (Photo by Claudio Villa/Getty Images)
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Paris Saint-Germain placed second in Ligue 1 last season by three points. Nabbing AC Milan's Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic, however, will push the club over the top.

Paris Saint-Germain is on the verge of acquiring Silva and Ibrahimovic for a combined €60 million, as AC Milan tries to ease its current debts, according to Silva is reportedly worth €46 million, while Ibrahimovic is worth around €14 million.

The impact Silva and Ibrahimovic will have for PSG cannot be overstated. They were just three points off Montpellier's lead last season (with 79, to Montpellier's 82), and now they should be considered the clear front-runners.

Making matters worse for the reigning league champions, they lost striker Olivier Giroud to Arsenal this summer. Giroud accounted for 21 of Montpellier's 68 goals in Ligue 1 last season.

Silva, of course, is considered one of the better defenders in football, with his positioning, tackling, speed and strength. He was a big player for AC Milan, as the club chased league titles over the past few years.

AC Milan won the league in 2010-2011 with Silva on board, giving up a mere 24 goals in the process.

Ibrahimovic gives Paris Saint-Germain a nice one-two kick on both sides of the ball. The 30-year-old is considered one of the best strikers in football, and he backed that up with big numbers last season for Milan, scoring 28 goals in 32 Serie A matches. He had two goals for Sweden in Euro 2012.

And while he may be a bit too temperamental for his own good sometimes, his fiery personality has also made him one of the world's best. It's going to be fun watching him play alongside Nene, who had 21 goals last season for PSG.

Make no mistake about it: This is a huge move for Paris Saint-Germain, and it's going to take a lot to steal the league title away from them next season.


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