According to Sport, Barcelona have reached a ‘tentative’ contract agreement with Thiago Silva.
The Paris Saint-Germain central defender has been on Barca boss Tito Vilanova’s radar for some time and, after several months of intense negotiation and contact in recent weeks, the report claims the player has agreed terms and now hopes his club will put a price on his head.
Although it is only a first step, the Catalans consider it essential before opening formal talks with the French outfit and, with the backing of the player, are now ready to make a formal offer for the Brazilian international.
It is believed La Blaugrana have already put together a contract proposal for the 28-year-old, which would comprise of a five-year deal and inclusion on the second tier of Barca’s wage scale, alongside Xavi Hernandez and Andres Iniesta.
There would also be allowances for bonuses to compensate for any loss of income with regard to the player’s wages at PSG, who have repeatedly made public their reluctance to part with one of their star players.
The new road map drawn up by the Barcelona hierarchy is designed to maintain friendly relations with the Ligue 1 club, although it is evident Thiago Silva must make some kind of gesture to show he sees his future as being away from the Parc des Princes and at the Camp Nou.
Barcelona director of football Andoni Zubizarreta and club President Sandro Rosell are understood to have told Vilanova they will do everything possible to bring Thiago Silva to the club.
However, there is still a lot of work to be done and a list of replacements has been drawn up in case of any setbacks, with David Luiz, Marquinhos and Daniel Agger all under consideration.