Paris Saint Germain have made it clear that they are unhappy with Barcelona’s constant inquiries regarding the future of PSG’s Brazilian center-back Thiago Silva, insisting that if contact continues then the Parisian club will bid for Barcelona’s star player Lionel Messi, according to Sky Sports.
After a strong season at PSG, Barcelona have strengthened their interest in Silva’s services, hoping to pair him with the likes of Carles Puyol and Gerard Pique in the center of defense.
But super-rich PSG, who are backed by Qatar Investment Authority, are acting quickly to block such a transfer, insisting that they will gladly pay out Messi’s massive €250m buy-out clause if Barcelona were to go forth with the signing of Silva.
PSG president Sheikh Nasser Al-Khelaifi told ActuSport.fr: “If Barca pay the buy-out clause of Thiago Silva then I will meet Messi’s buy-out clause.”
While such a sum has yet to be heard of in world football, it is not out of the ordinary to see a club such as PSG spend heavily on a talent of Messi’s caliber, taking into account the €64m PSG recently paid for Uruguayan forward Edinson Cavani and the €51m Monaco recently paid to bring in Colombian forward Ramadel Falcao.
Barcelona president Sandro Rosell announced publicly of his interest in bringing in the Brazilian defender to the Catalonian capital, in hopes of persuading Silva that a move would better him.
However, with an almost-unlimited source of funding, PSG are hoping to convince Messi, who has been with Barcelona since his youth days, to sign a massive contract and transfer to the current Ligue 1 champions, provided Barcelona continue their aggressive pursuit of Thiago Silva.