Milan centre-back Thiago Silva is on the cusp of completing his eye watering move to Paris Saint-Germain later today.
The way this story has developed since Monday has been astonishing. Le Parisien broke the news that the 27-year-old had landed in Paris with his representatives to meet with PSG officials. This was confirmed by the club’s director of football Leonardo who told L’Equipe: “We’re going to see Thiago, but it is not easy.”
The player’s agent, Paolo Tonietto, also confirmed that his client was in discussions with Les Parisiens on Tuesday. Speaking to tuttomercatoweb.com, he said: “Negotiations have existed between Milan and Paris St Germain. But I don’t know if Milan will sell him. Should Milan decide to sell him, it would be the best time for Thiago to change clubs.”
With the news that Marcos Ceara had his contract terminated after five successful years in the blue and red, it made the possibility of this deal look all the more believable. Ceara’s departure opened up a space for the arrival of another non-EU player (having been born in Brazil).
Milan CEO Adriano Galliani arrived in Paris on Tuesday and met with Leonardo at the Parc des Princes where negotiations took place. The pair left the stadium at around 19:45 in the same car with Leo telling awaiting reporters: “We talk but nothing is finalised, there is no agreement. We will continue discussions this evening.”
Le Parisien has been told by their sources that the deal could be completed today with the fee anyway between €40- €50m. Galliani will head back to Milan later today with the formalities of the deal still yet to be concluded. Nevertheless, it looks a foregone conclusion that this will be wrapped up and Thiago Silva will become the most expensive import in French football history.