Barcelona might be adding a decidedly Brazilian flavor this summer.
With Neymar already secured, the Catalan giants are being linked with Paris Saint-Germain and Brazilian national team defender Thiago Silva, who would be the perfect addition for a team that desperately needs an upgrade at centre-back.
Football Espana, per Sport, shared the following:
According to Sport, Barcelona have reached a ‘tentative’ contract agreement with Thiago Silva.
The Paris Saint-Germain central defender has been on Barca boss Tito Vilanova’s radar for some time and, after several months of intense negotiation and contact in recent weeks, the report claims the player has agreed terms and now hopes his club will put a price on his head.
Although it is only a first step, the Catalans consider it essential before opening formal talks with the French outfit and, with the backing of the player, are now ready to make a formal offer for the Brazilian international.
It is believed La Blaugrana have already put together a contract proposal for the 28-year-old, which would comprise of a five-year deal and inclusion on the second tier of Barca’s wage scale, alongside Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
While PSG will likely try to do everything in their power to keep Silva in Paris this summer, Barcelona have a habit of getting their man.
And boy, what an important player he would be for the Catalans. While Gerard Pique remains a solid defender, there are questions about who will partner him next season.
Carles Puyol is 35 years old and injury-prone, while Javier Mascherano is generally more effective as a defensive midfielder. Twenty-two-year-old Marc Bartra is the future at the position for the team, but for the time being there are questions whether he is ready to be a regular starter.
And Alex Song isn't suited to making the midfield-to-central-defense adjustment as Mascherano did.
But with Silva on board alongside the addition of Neymar, it would be hard to argue against Barcelona once again being the best club in Europe.
The Catalans once again dominated La Liga and earned the title with a 15-point cushion, but in the Champions League semifinal were bullied by a physically superior Bayern Munich team. The back four were exposed, especially in the air, and it was clear Barca needed to find Pique a new partner.
Silva is arguably the top defender in the world, and his combination of skill, strength and agility is rarely seen at centre-back. Plus, the Brazilian captain is a leader and would have little trouble adjusting to the technical style that Barca employ.
If this all sounds like it would be the perfect signing, well, it would be. As dynamic as Neymar could potentially be for Barcelona, you could make a strong argument that signing Silva would actually be the more important move next season.
Obviously, if Neymar dominated like he did in the Confederations Cup, that wouldn't be the case, but Silva's presence defensively would be worth its weight in gold.
And it will probably be a sizable amount of gold—you can bet PSG won't let him go for cheap a year after signing him from AC Milan.
But hey, Barcelona have a habit of getting their man...no matter what the cost.
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