Modric, Thiago Silva and Lavezzi could all sign for French club.
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Thiago Silva could be set for a sensational AC Milan exit with Paris Saint-Germain willing to pay an initial transfer fee of £32m for the centre-back, and potentially rising to £40m depending on performance-related bonuses.
PSG director Leonardo confirmed on Monday that the Ligue 1 runners-up have opened talks with the Thiago Silva, and the Parisians are willing to push their financial limits in order to lure the 27-year-old away from the Rossoneri.
Premier League giants Manchester United and Manchester City could be in line for a frustrating few months if oil-rich PSG live up to expectations and make a splash in the transfer market this summer.
This morning, it emerged that the Parisiens were plotting a £30 million move for Tottenham Hotspur’s midfield maestro Luka Modric – a top target for United boss Sir Alex Ferguson. Given Spurs’ understandable unwillingness to sell to their Premier League rivals, the North London club would prefer to do business with the Ligue 1 side, although it will take considerably more than £30 million to force their hand.
South Americans Thiago Silva and Ezequiel Lavezzi, of AC Milan and Napoli respectively, also look set to swap Italy for France after being offered huge wages. Both were keys targets for Manchester City boss Roberto Mancini and while City may be just as rich as PSG, it seems their fear of UEFA’s financial fair play regulations is preventing them offering the same kind of money as the French. Mancini’s agent admitted this week that City are keen on Lavezzi but his wage demands were likely to scupper any deal.
It may be one big game of Football Manager for the PSG owners and board, but their spending could have real implications for the Premier League title challengers who may have to settle for less expensive (or greedy) targets.