Friday, 8 June 2012

Barcelona's pursuit of AC Milan defender Thiago Silva appears to be on again after the Catalans refused to deny the transfer rumour.

The Brazil international had been linked with a move to Barcelona but earlier in the week his agent Paulo Tonietto appeared to have quelled the speculation after revealing that no clubs had been in touch with regards to Silva.
However, Barca spokesperson Toni Freixa may have inadvertently reopened the story by not ruling out interest from the former European Cup holders on the Rossoneri defender.
"Do not take it for granted that our priority is Thiago Silva, who is, however, a great player," he told Marca.
"The news has come out and I don't want to discuss the sources, but, in any case, I do not want to either confirm or deny [it].
"I cannot confirm interest in one player or another, because we're not at that point yet."
Freixa also added that Barca have plans in place for the summer transfer market as they bid to re-establish the club as the top dog in Europe and in Spain.
"We have very clear ideas. We know what our budget is and we do not want anything to change our plans for improving the team," Freixa said.
"We are lucky that players want to come play for us. This allows us to do good business."
The 27-year-old Silva joined Milan in 2009 from Fluminense and is reportedly a target of Manchester City, Chelsea, and Paris St Germain as well.

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