UPDATE: July 12 at 2:40 p.m. ET by Jessica Isner: It's a done deal now. Thiago Silva and Zlatan Ibrahimovic are officially headed to Paris Saint-Germain, according to a tweet by 101 Great Goals:
Breaking: Silvio Berlusconi quoted by Gazzetta dello Sport confirming sale of Zlatan Ibrahimovic & Thiago Silva to PSG. #huge— 101 Great Goals (@101greatgoals) July 12, 2012
Berlusconi's commentary can be found in La Gazzetta Dello Sport here, but unless you can read Italian, you might just have to make due with the above translation.
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AC Milan's loss is Paris Saint-Germain's huge gain: The French giants seem to be on the verge of acquiring two of Milan's brightest stars in one coup.
PSG, already fully engaged in talks with Milan's Thiago Silva, is on the verge of coming to terms with his teammate, Zlatan Ibrahimovic, in a move that would cost a total of €62 million, according to ESPN.com.
PSG sporting director Leonardo confirmed the negotiations to ESPNSoccerNet. The two teammates come as a package deal—Silva and PSG were close to a deal in June, but Milan president Silvio Berlusconi wasn't interested unless he could also dispatch Ibrahimovic in one fell swoop.
Now, such a deal appears to be closer than ever. Ibrahimovic will likely seek a raise from €12 million per year, according to SoccerNet, and Silva has already agreed with PSG upon a €7.5 million annual deal.
According to SoccerNet, Ibrahimovic's agent met with Milan for four hours on Wednesday in order to come to terms on a fee, and now, all that remain are final negotiations between Ibrahimovic and PSG. Then it will be a done deal.
Acquiring both Ibrahimovic and Silva in one deal would be a colossal gain for PSG, which finished second in Ligue 1 in 2011-12, just three points behind Montpellier. The combination of the two Milan stars could give them precisely what they need to close the narrow gap.
Silva, in 27 regular-season appearances with Milan in 2011-12, registered two goals and tallied another one in the Champions League.
But the more significant acquisition is 30-year-old Ibrahimovic, widely considered to be one of the most skilled strikers in the world. He has tallied 28 goals in 32 appearances with Milan since June 2011. Most recently, he exited Euro 2012 in the group stage along with his Swedish counterparts, but not before tallying a spectacular goal versus France.
The fact that PSG is immersed so deeply in negotiations with Ibrahimovic and Silva is yet another sign that this new ownership group is serious about winning and is committed to giving the league its first serious contender for the Champions League title in nearly two decades.
And the negotiations are further proof that Leonardo isn't afraid to spend during the transfer window in order to give this team a chance to win: PSG has already acquired Ezequiel Lavezzi from Napoli for €26 million.
With Silva and Ibrahimovic also in the mix at PSG next season, Montpellier better be ready because there could soon be a new champion in town.