City and Barca to battle for Milan ace

Thiago Silva is being targeted by Europe's big guns

AC Milan and Brazil international Thiago Silva is a target for Manchester City and Barcelona, according to

The Brazilian centre back has won many admirers following his consistently good performances for Milan, with Barcelona and City now ready to step up their interest and test Milan’s resolve with a transfer offer next summer.

The former FC Porto player is a key player for the Rossoneri, and was a fundamental cog in the Milan side that won Serie A last season.

Barcelona’s interest was well publicised last summer, but the European Champions look set to face competition from City for Silva’s signature.

With neither club particularly limited in terms of financial muscle, Pep Guardiola and Roberto Mancini will not want one of Europe’s top centre backs to move to a rival. At 27 Silva is coming into his prime, and with ambitions to reach the very top, he may be just be tempted enough by City or Barcelona’s advances to leave Italy.

Back in September Thiago Silva scored a late equaliser for Milan against Barcelona at the Nou Camp, now there is a distinct possibility the player may celebrate many more times at the home of the Catalan giants.

However, with a contract not due to expire until 2016, Milan hold all the cards and will not allow Silva to leave for anything other than a premium fee.

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