Thiago asking price prohibitive for Barca


Barcelona’s chances of reinforcing their defence with Thiago Silva before the start of next season could hinge on whether Milan are ready to lower their asking price for the player.

Marca reports that the Italians are not prepared to do business at less than €35m while the Catalans are understood to be willing to pay no more than €25m for the Brazilian international, who joined the Serie A club in 2008 from Fluminense. Neither Milan Vice-President, Adriano Galliani, nor owner Silvio Berlusconi are inclined to let the central defender leave for less than what they are demanding, despite Thiago himself having recently expressed a desire to play for what he considers to be the best team in the world.

There has been speculation Barca could use the cash Milan owe for the purchase of Zlatan Ibrahimovic to lower the cost of the operation, although this money is understood to be included in the club’s budget for next year. However, Barca boss Pep Guardiola, if he does decide to extend his contract at the Camp Nou, is believed to want a proven centre-back with Carles Puyol nearing the end of his career and Gerard Piqu

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